Congratulations! You made it through the first day of classes! 2016 is now in full swing, but adjusting to the winter weather and a new semester at the same time may make you wish you were stuck in the past. If you’re looking for ways to be here now and draw your focus to the present, the Gottesman Libraries has you covered.
If you need some peace and quiet, the third floor reading room is open for silent study again. The Mindful Lights installation is still on display in the Offit Gallery in case you feel like taking things slow and focusing on the soothing flow of your own motions. The EdLab design team wrote a comprehensive behind-the-scenes breakdown of what went into crafting this exhibit; read about the inspiration and the engineering of the piece here.
Feeling pressed for time but still want to find a moment of stillness? Try a short guided meditation. There are tons of sites and free apps that can lead you through breathing exercises, reflections, and self-awareness. We recommend The Quiet Place Project and Calm to get you started.
Once you’ve got your thoughts sorted out, you may feel ready to dive right into your work. One of our favorite librarian- and learner-tested approaches is the Pomodoro method (25 minutes of work, five minutes of break, repeat). Mytomatoes, an online Pomodoro timer, allows users to track their progress in order to focus on what needs to happen during the next work session.
No matter what this semester brings, the library at Teachers College is here to help you rise to the occasion and find the information that you need. Here’s to a successful new start!