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Four Tips to Survive Unemployment

Four Tips to Survive Unemployment

Everyone needs hints and tips on how to survive unemployment. Even the most confident among us at some point might find themselves online searching topics like this one. No matter the reason for leaving the job, the outcome (most of the time) is unemployment, which only rarely is fun. My unemployment was a personal choice. I knew it would be challenging and that it would take time to figure out next steps, open eyes and mind to new opportunities, and find another job. I have to admit that even though I knew what I was doing, it turned out to be harder than I had expected and I had to bring an A game to survive my unemployment period.

Put together a puzzle.

I did not think this activity in any way could help me survive unemployment, yet it did. Because I suddenly had an infinite amount of free time, I found a puzzle in the basement of my parents’ house, where I happened to be sniffing around for old goodies. I got so involved in putting together the puzzle that I started to look at it as bits and pieces of my life that needed to be glued together. I sat down and put together a small part, then got up and sent out CV’s. I sat down again to put a piece into the puzzle, got up to read some business articles, checked email, then went for an interview. The pattern was always the same: time for puzzle, time for productive activities. There was a thought in my mind- that by the time I was done with the puzzle I would have a plan for the near future, and I did.

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Think (but not too much).

Think of an ideal scenario in which you are working in your dream company doing a dream job. Seems impossible? Not a problem, just move from there, what is the second best option? Third? Even if at the moment it seems there’s not even a small chance you could end up having an ideal job, you have to keep in mind that there are always baby steps towards your goal. Plus there are things you can do to raise your chances in the job market: read useful material, talk to experienced people, attend seminars and workshops.

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Bother friends (but not too much).

If you have friends like the ones I have, consider yourself blessed. These intelligent, successful, positive people are there for me during both bright and dark times. They are all so different yet each one is my role model in one way or another. Our life paths took us in different directions, yet that is what binds us so strongly. We share our experiences and learn from each other. I knew they could listen to me for hours day or night. However, after a certain point I chose to reduce my talking level and focus on actions to do on my own.

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Get to organizing and reorganizing.

For me this was a fun part of unemployment. I reorganized my closet, I threw away/sold/gave to charity clothes and shoes which I no longer needed. I got to reorganize my books, re-read a few and keep in mind useful bits. I did a big favor reorganizing my parents’ basement. It worked out well for everyone. I found things I could use and my parents found things they’d “lost”. To be honest, organizing is my anti-depressant. Decisions are made in the process of cleaning, organizing, and even shoveling snow. When I start any of these activities, all unnecessary thoughts go away because I focus on actions, my mind becomes raw, and decisions are made.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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