March 11, 2016 • Written by Linda Fox
The assignments are piling high, money is tight, and the deadlines just keep coming. When things get overwhelming, there are small things you can do to counteract the stress in your life. Below are simple ways to reduce stress, borrowed from the book Everything You Need to Know About Stress Management (Barbee 2012, 14-16):
1. Spend 10 minutes planning and organizing your day.
2. Record specific tasks in a to-do list, ranked in order of priority.
3. Tackle demanding tasks when you are most alert.
- Make the most of your own biological “prime time.” (i.e. are you a night owl, or a morning person?)
4. Conquer procrastination.
- Make a decision now, not later.
- Turn intimidating tasks into bearable ones by separating them into sub-tasks.
5. Learn to say “no.”
- Stay in control by blocking off time for important tasks, and saying no when you know it’s more than you can do.
6. Make use of idle time.
- When you are stuck waiting you can relax with deep breaths, read, get organized, make phone calls, check your to-do list, get focused on the next task, etc.
7. Deal with interruptions.
- Leave part of the day unscheduled to allow time for the unexpected.
- Avoid distractions when you need to focus.
8. Reward yourself.
- Give yourself goals, then reward yourself when you achieve them.
Check out Red River College’s Student Success Website for various student supports and additional info on managing stress.
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March 2, 2016 • Written by Mark Nelson
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. Women have much to celebrate today, but progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. (Source: internationalwomensday.com)
Pledging For Parity!
Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
Learn more: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme
RRC Library Resources
The Red River College Library maintains items related to “Gender Equality” and “Gender Parity”. Patrons may search our online catalogue for additional items. In addition, please consider a search within our collection of EBSCOhost eBooks (login required).
Here is a sample of what can be found in our collection:
This video shows how the implementation of gender equality measures can help companies improve thier bottom line. Using the cases of Janice Minor Exports, Nature’s Legacy, and ABS International Corporation, it illustrates how SMEs can deepen their talent pool while improving employee retention, morale and productivity through gender sensitive programs such as the non-discriminatory hiring, the creation of cooperatives, in addition to medical, housing and transportation assistance.
Many countries have made real progress towards gender equality in recent decades. However, Australian women continue to earn less than men, are less likely to advance in their careers, and more likely to spend later life in poverty. Key gender inequality issues explored include sex discrimination, human rights and the law; women in leadership roles; and gender equality at work. What is Australia doing to close the gender gap? Also includes: worksheets and activities, fast facts, glossary, web links, index. Titles in the Issues in Society series are individual resource books which provide an overview on a specific subject comprised of facts and opinions. The information in this resource book is not from any single author, publication or organisation. The unique value of the Issues in Society series lies in its diversity of content and perspectives. The content comes from a wide variety of sources and includes: newspaper reports and opinion pieces, website fact sheets, magazine and journal articles, statistics and surveys, government reports, and literature from special interest groups.
There is a strong relationship between gender-based discrimination and the different channels through which households and individuals access food. This report shows that while equality of treatment and food security are mutually supportive, gender equality remains an elusive goal in much of Asia and the Pacific. What is needed is a transformation of traditional gender roles, which should build on improved information about the range of inequalities and specific constraints facing women.
For many teachers, gender issues related to role models, image and expectations have an effect upon the behaviour and achievement of both boys and girls, often to their disadvantage. This innovative and practical resource, for teachers of students aged 14-19provides: o a programme to promote gender equality and inclusivity in schools and colleges o a rationale for the programme based on social justice o a practical set of classroom activities to implement the programme The book adopts an “action inquiry” methodology – engaging students and staff in the processes of investigating what is currently happening, and planning, implementing and reviewing improvements. This contributes to the development of the school or college as a self-evaluating organisation which listens to the voice of the young person.
This compelling and comprehensive collection of articles highlights good practices in gender equality in the world of work. The articles, all of which have been featured in the ILO’s World of Work magazine from 1999 to the present, are international in scope, covering such issues as women job-seekers in Estonia, an innovative life-cycle approach to gender equality in Tanzania, and progressive policies on paternity leave in Norway.