October: Reflecting in the Moment

Here at LeaderShape, we rely on the power of our community to make what we do possible. We believe that anything is possible with a compelling vision, integrity, a supportive community and the commitment to stay in action. We spent September looking toward the future, and we hope you did too (head over to our Instagram account and check out the “September” story).

Our vision is a just, caring, and thriving world where everyone leads with integrity and lives in possibility. Where we work in community with one another. Where everyone recognizes their own gifts and finds ways to use them for the greater good. Our intention is to create spaces for others to be included and contribute in this world and then by doing so, lead others to do the same – “to lead, live”.

This month we want to invite everyone, including our staff and organization, to reflect in the moment. Being mindful and present with yourself, and groups you identify with, is beneficial to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.

Below is a peak at some of what we’ll be sharing on our social media platforms this month. We’re eager to reflect with the LeaderShape community this month!

National Book Month

Books expose us to new ideas, connect us to the lived experience of others, and can even bring about self-discovery. October is National Book Month and to celebrate, the LeaderShape staff is sharing what they have been reading.

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Day 7

Leaders inevitably find themselves stuck in the mess; living and leading with integrity is no simple task, but it is possible. Because of this, we will focus our #Day7 in October around why mindfulness matters. Student leaders, especially, can become overwhelmed with everything that college life involves – attending class, preparing for papers and tests, attending club meetings and putting on campus events, not to mention maintaining relationships with friends, families, and partners. This alone can turn a normal nine to five day into a non-stop day with few breaks and little time for meals and sleep.

We believe that all of us, no matter our workload or commitments, is capable of practicing mindfulness. On Sunday, October 7th, follow the hashtag #MindfulnessMatters on Instagram and Twitter as we reflect on ways to practice mindfulness by yourself, with a group, and reasons why it’s beneficial for leaders.

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LeaderShapers in Action

Over the past few weeks, we have heard from LeaderShapers across the nation who  are staying in action. And soon we’ll be sharing even more advice and stories from the participants and facilitators from our programs!

We would like to share your story as well! If, as a result of a LeaderShape program, you have experienced a personal change in thought or behavior or have put what you’ve learned into action. We can’t wait to hear from you!

LeaderShapers In Action

LeaderShapers in Action

LeaderShapers In Action

Our LeaderShape community is filled with people who are guided by their core values and who embrace possibility. Through our Catalyst program, they are encouraged to start something extraordinary on their campuses and in their communities. As Institute graduates, they commit to living and leading with integrity and contribute to creating positive change through a personal vision for the world. By participating in Resilience, they understand the importance of their own personal resilience and work to incorporate resilience-building habits into their daily lives.

As a way to shine a spotlight on the amazing folks in the LeaderShape community, we’ve been collecting and sharing their stories. We’ve learned about Thalia, a graduate assistant in the Office of Diversity Outreach and Development at Kent State University, whose family cluster pushes each other to be a better version of themselves everyday. We connected with April who tells future LeaderShapers to, “[give] it as much as you got, allow yourself to be uncomfortable, because it is only then when we truly learn and grow.” You can also meet Christopher, Eliza, and Jave’on, here.

What about you? Are you someone who is living your best LeaderShape life? Do you know someone who is? If so, contact us! We want to know more and we’re eager to share these LeaderShape stories with the rest of the community.

Our Valuable Time

I’ve been thinking a lot about time management lately. We are all given the same 24 hours in a day, yet some folks seem to accomplish so much more in that time! Wouldn’t it be great to use Hermione Granger’s Time Turner to add a few hours to your day?

Since I don’t have a Time Turner, I started considering some tools to help with time management. It’s important to be mindful about the ways in which we spend our valuable time. It’s so easy to spend our days out of focus – where 2 minutes of checking Instagram can turn into 2 hours of mindlessly reading social media. Maybe these strategies will help you find more time in your day and be more mindful about how you spend that found time!

Laura Vanderkam’s book, “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” will likely lead you to set your alarm a little earlier each day. I like her philosophy of using early morning hours to build habits and set our days off on the right foot. Even if you’re not a morning person, adding 15 minutes to your morning routine can help you create a better habit. Maybe you’d use that time to scan your work email, meditate, read, stretch, or make a great breakfast.

Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Four Tendencies” and “Better than Before” among other books, is known for her time management philosophies. Her daily time log template allows you to track your time in 30-minute increments, with the goal of finding more purpose in your day. While that can seem like an intense adherence to time management, even a few days of tracking can help you identify some opportunities to improve how you spend your time. Maybe tracking your time will help you see that you’re spending more time than you’d like on social media or watching Netflix.

If a printed time log isn’t your thing but you’d still like to try tracking your time, check out the Hours Time Tracking app. It’s a great app that will remind you track your time throughout the day. I like that you can color code your tasks and edit them. I’ve used this app for a few weeks now and I like being able to look back at my day to see how I’ve spent my time.

What tips and tools to you use to manage your time more effectively? What might you do differently with your mornings this week to help manage your time better?

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