Making things happen

via Google

So, I’m the kind of person who has to write down almost every single task of their day for fear of forgetting something. While I use a daily planner and check it almost every hour, some things do slip between the cracks and get forgotten about.. until I found the Any.Do app for my phone. This free app is available for androids, iOS, and those with the Chrome browser by Google. The Any.Do app helps you remember everything you have to do and makes it happen by featuring an alarm for notifications, attaching notes to the reminders, prioritize the task, and organize them into folders. The app also features a share option for you to share the task with your contacts.

Features of the app: lists for today, tomorrow, this week & later; options for each task include priority, folder, reminder, notes and share; via Google

As a freelance writer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation in Memphis, Tenn., I must contact physicians or hospital staff members of the hospitals. However, I must also work with their schedule in order to speak with them when they are available. This app comes in hand when I have a specific time that I must call them at. For instance, a few weeks ago, one of the contacts was only free from  1:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. and I had class until 1:50 p.m. Had I not set a reminder with the task, I would have easily forgotten to contact her and missed a deadline.

What I love most about this app is the reminders and if your task from tomorrow needs to be moved to today, all you have to do is drag & drop it into that day’s list.

The app’s default view offers an at-a-glance agenda, displaying the current day’s tasks and priorities and links to lists for the next day, the current week and what’s ahead in the future. The Any.Do app can be useful to almost anyone who needs organization and reminders. On phones, tasks can be added by either typing them or by speaking them into the phone’s microphone, which is really helpful for when you are on the go.

Post-election reflections

Tuesday night, November 6, 2012, was a very important day of this year… and I’m sure we all know why, or at least I sure hope so! That was the day that would reveal whether or not our current president, Barack Obama, would serve for a second term of four years or if Mitt Romney would have his shot at being president and leading the United States.

While the election results were covered on almost every local and national news station, social media sites also played a large role in election night. Social media exploded during this year’s election day, with more than 31 million election-related tweets.

While I am a active user of social media, I definitely was NOT on the night of the election. I personally chose to watch the results on MSNBC rather than read my news feed of biased, extreme and ridiculous posts.

When I logged on for just a minute, several people that I follow stated that they would move out of the country and to Canada or Europe or some other country if one of the candidates became president.. I’m sorry but have you done your research on the government system in those countries before you state that you will be moving there?  Canada is much more socialized compared to the United States with free healthcare, free college, no gun rights, etc. There’s also a good chance that their government isn’t as stable as ours either… just saying.

Here is a map of the countries that provide universal health care

As I conclude my rant and post-election thoughts, I would like to point out the forgetfulness of Americans because at this point, almost 3 days after the election, there are barely any more political posts.. isn’t it kinda funny how at the moment people are freaking out and making extreme claims and now they’ve moved on to making extreme claims or freaking out about something else? It just tickles me!

Anyways, I will conclude with this… Just a friendly reminder for those who actively use social media, myself included: don’t forget about the concept of permanence on social media.. your ignorant tweets could possibly come back and haunt you one day…

Introverts, Extroverts & Ambiverts

In today’s society, extroverts are often looked upon as superior to introverts, who are usually more shy, quiet and sometimes unconfident. However, there are benefits and positive aspects of being an introvert.

In Susan Cain’s Ted talk, “The power of introverts,” she argues about the bias against introverts in society. She begins with a personal story about her experience at a summer camp as a child and the reactions she received as a result of packing a suitcase full of books to read during her time there.

While this was Cain’s way of being social, it was not accepted by the other members of the camp or by the counselors, who expressed concern over her choice to read rather than engage in activities. So, rather than be unaccepted by the group, she chose to put the books away until she returned home from camp. This marked the beginning of Cain’s suppression of her introverted personality to become an extrovert.

Rather than becoming a writer like she had always dreamed of, she chose to become a Wall Street lawyer to prove to herself that she could be bold and assertive, like extroverts.  She continues her story about how she made self-negating choices, without even realizing what she was doing, and how this is common in most introverts.

Cain states that while this is what we do, it is not only our loss, but also the loss of our colleagues and communities and others that we may come in contact with. “Why?” you might ask, well because when it comes to creativity and to leadership, we need introverts doing what they do best.

With a third to a half of the population being introverted, it is different than from being shy. Shyness is about fear of social simulation while introversion is more about your response to stimulation, including social stimulation.

Most of the time, introverts feel at their “prime” and at their “most-capable” when they are in quieter and more low-key environments.

Cain points out that according to the insights of contemporary psychology, we cannot even be in groups of people without instinctively mirroring or mimicking their opinions. We start to mold into the beliefs of the people we are around without even realize what we are doing to gain attention or approval.

As introverts, there is naturally no pressing need to be sociable or gain attention and approval and which allows you to spend time on relationships and close friendships, rather than the desire for social acceptance.

For me, Cain’s talk became more personal when she spoke not of introversion and the qualities of introverts but about ambiverts. These are people who do not really prefer one way of functioning over another. They are equally comfortable with the situations where the introvert feels most at home and situations where the extrovert  is having a good time.

So while there is power behind being an introvert and positives for being an extrovert, find the middle line between the two and become an ambivert.