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Mar 21, 2022
CALM Podcast: Episode 36 - Looking for mentors? Advice on what to look for
In this episode, I talk about the strategies that I use and the advice that I give when looking for a mentor. It is so important to identify good mentors throughout our lives. Sometimes we need different things from a mentor and that is part of what it is critical to know. This episode is primarily for students who are starting to look for mentors or graduate school programs. Still, the advice is useful when looking for mentors in any domain of life.
Jan 22, 2022
CALM Podcast: Episode 35 - Small things to survive the chaotic start of a new year
Three weeks into the new year and things feel pretty chaotic. How are you keeping a positive mindset? In this episode, I talk about the strategies that I am using to focus on the things I can control. You can read more about this episode and others at https://marylynritchie.com/podcast.
Dec 29, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 34 - Preparing for the New Year
In this new episode, I talk about this wacky week in between Christmas and New Year's where it's hard to know what day it is - what time it is. I try to use the time off to 1) Reflect 2) Plan and 3) Get Organized for the New Year.
Jun 25, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 33 - Emerging from the pandemic into our new reality
As we officially begin the summer of 2021, the world is starting to look different here in the United States. We have reached a new stage of the pandemic and we are beginning to emerge from our homes more and more. What parts of pandemic life do you want to hold on to? What parts of pre-pandemic life are you most excited to get back to? How does all this change feel? We are all going through a range of emotions as we go through this journey. In this week's episode, I talk about this issue and how I am dealing with it.
May 29, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 32 - Don't look back, you're not going that way
In this episode, I talk about how there are many different paths that we can take in life. The path that we each choose for ourself is unique to us. We can look to others for guidance and advice, but ultimately, we need to follow our own internal voice. We also need to remember that each decision is a learning opportunity; we grow through each transition phase. Ultimately, there are few wrong decisions. We need to focus on making the next right decision for right now.
May 15, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 31 - Essentialism - sounds boring, but wow was I wrong
This is my first 'Book Club' episode. I absolutely loved the book "Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" by Greg McKeown. I know that people are busy and may not have a chance to read it, so I decided to tell you all the things that I love about it. There are so many nuggets of wisdom in this book and so in this episode, I pulled out my favorite one from each chapter. The big takeaway of essentialism is that if we can learn to do less, but better, we will have avoid a life of being "stretched too thin".
May 4, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 30 - We all need a little perspective
As the impact of the pandemic begins to change around different parts of the world, the importance of perspective and empathy grows. Our ability to be good leaders as well as members of our local and global community relies on our emotional intelligence. For some, optimism and hope and positivity are the reality, while for others, the situation is still dire and in some cases even apocalyptic. In this week's episode, I discuss the strategies that I am using to be intentional about keeping things in perspective and zooming in and out as needed. I also discuss the importance of working on our empathy and understanding in these times when our peers and colleagues and friends are no longer in the same storm.
Apr 17, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 29 - Dealing with growth and change
This week, I am talking about growth and change. Sometimes things change too slowly. Sometimes we have seasons of growth and then we take steps backwards. Sometimes we grow and then have seasons where nothing changes - we need these times too. Growth and change are important and normal aspects to life. Still, they bring about various challenges for all of us. In this episode, I share some of the strategies that I use to embrace growth and change.
Apr 7, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 28 - Burnout (part 2)
In this week's episode, I build upon the discussion from last week where I discussed burnout and why it happens to us. This week, I talk about the strategies that I use for burnout prevention and burnout treatment. Burnout is real and it happens to so many of us. But if we can come up with routines that help us prevent it, we will live a happier, more harmonious life.
Mar 27, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 27 - Burnout (part 1)
Have you ever suffered from burnout? Do you feel it right now? Have you ever thought about why? In this week's episode, I talk about burnout; how it feels and why it happens. I share a story about my own burnout and the point when I started to recover from being a workaholic. This episode is part 1 of a two-part series. This week is focused on thinking about why we burnout, why we overwork and over schedule ourselves. Part 2 will focus on tactical strategies to prevent burnout before it happens or treat burnout if it's gotten to that point.
Mar 19, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 26 - A Day in the Life
In this episode, I discuss what the structure of my typical weekday and weekend day look like. How do I find time to do a gratitude practice and exercise? When do I sleep? How do I manage my time? After several folks asked me about how I spend my days, I kept track and summarized into different time blocks throughout the day. I share with you what that looks like in the hope that it will be helpful to you for finding time for everything you hope to accomplish.
Mar 9, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 25 - Reflections at the 1 year anniversary of the pandemic
In this episode, I discuss the mindset that I have been in this week. The beginning of March marks the one year anniversary of the shelter-in-place orders for the coronavirus pandemic. It is difficult to believe that one year has passed already. To wrap my head around this surreal time, I am 1) giving myself time to grieve, 2) focusing on the positive changes that this year has brought about, and 3) thinking about what parts of "normal" I want to go back to.
Feb 17, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 24 - Productivity Hacks
In this episode, I provide 10 productivity hacks that I use in my life. The goal is not necessarily to get more done; it is to get the most important things done. When you are looking for ways to be more productive, try to add some of these hacks into your flow.
Jan 23, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 23 - Publication strategies
In the world of academia, publishing our work is a key element of our career. There are a lot of things to consider: How do you know when you have enough data for a paper? What should you do with negative results? Should you write one large paper for a high impact journal or two smaller papers for specialty journals? How do you decide about authorship? How do you choose a journal? What do you do when you get "Writer's Block"? In this week's episode, I discuss my philosophy, tactics, and strategies for all of these questions.
Jan 16, 2021
CALM Podcast - Episode 22: The 10 List: 10 things saving my life right now
In this week's episode, I talk about the ten things that are saving my life right now. This idea is inspired by Jen Hatmaker who asks this question at the end of her podcast every week. The question originated with Barbara Brown Taylor. As 2021 has gotten off to a rocky start, I wanted to share the things that I am doing to try to stay calm and sane. These strategies are all things that you can do safely in the comfort of home.
Jan 1, 2021
CALM Podcast: Episode 21 - New Year, New Goals
Happy New Year!! I love to spend time during this season thinking about the past year and planning for the new year. In this episode, I break down my annual activity: Reflect, Imagine, Set goals, Execute a plan. I hope that 2021 brings calm and peace to all of us.
Dec 23, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 20 - Holiday Survival Guide
In this episode, I discuss my strategies for surviving the holiday season, especially when it's a pandemic holiday season. Episode 20 will be the final episode for 2020 - that feels right doesn't it? Talk to you some more in 2021!
Nov 10, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 19 - What does success in 2020 even look like?
In this episode, I talk about how we need to redefine what success looks like this year. 2020 has been so different and our ability to meet our usual goals and definition of success may not be possible. Instead of feeling like we are failing, we need to redefine success for ourselves.
Oct 14, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 18 - Surge Capacity
Are you hitting a wall? Me too! Life during a pandemic overdraws from our resilience bank accounts. In this week's episode, I talk about why we feel like we are exhausted and some strategies to deal with the ongoing survival mode of 2020.
Sep 25, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 17 - Using the enneagram to learn about ourselves and our people
In this week's episode, I talk about the personality tool called the enneagram. It is a fascinating tool to learn about ourselves and the people around us. At a time when life is incredibly stressful, the enneagram can help us understand why we and others are responding to the stress so differently. Links on my website to read more from the sources that I discussed. https://marylynritchie.com/podcast
Sep 11, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 16 - What are your priorities?
Are you overwhelmed with too much on your to-do list? Have you thought about which things on that list are priorities? If everything in a priority, then nothing is a priority. This week, I talk about the strategies that I am using to help decide on my priorities and work toward work-life harmony.
Sep 4, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 15 -The Back to School Shitshow
This week, we are talking about the first week back to school. We survived! It was difficult and bumpy, but regardless, we made it. In this episode, I am talking about the strategies that I am using to stay sane and create a positive environment for my kids. For listeners without kids, you will get a glimpse into what life looks like for your family, friends, and colleagues with school-aged kids. Week one is done! We can do this, parents, teachers, and administrators!
Aug 28, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 14 - Setting goals for the rest of 2020
In this week's episode, it's all about goals. 2020 has been a rough, challenging, weird year. We are 2/3 of the way through. How are you going to spend the last 1/3 of the year? What do you hope to accomplish at work or at home? I'm talking this week about how I have been thinking about goal setting for the rest of the year.
Jul 28, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 13 - Failure: it happens to all of us
This week's episode is all about failure. We all experience failure at one time or another. How we learn and grow from our failures is really important for our well being. In this episode, I explain the self-talk strategies that I use to help get over failures and use them as growth opportunities.
Jul 10, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 12 - Focus on your mindset
This week, I discuss the importance of mindset and how we can think about different mindsets. Growth versus fixed. Positive versus negative. Abundance versus scarcity.
Jun 17, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 11 - Mental hacks
In this week's episode, I talk about the mental hacks that I use to get through hard things that happen regularly at work. Things like striving for perfection, missed opportunities, and rejection. We all face these challenges; but how we get through them is the focus of this episode.
Jun 8, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 10 - Navigating the re-opening
As states and counties in the US begin to open after the covid-19 pandemic, we are faced with a lot of feelings. In this episode, I talk through some strategies for dealing with all the feels.
May 27, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 9 - Thinking about the next stage in your career
In this episode, I talk about the strategy that I use to mentor my students and post docs when they start looking for the next position. While the focus is for transition planning in this career stage, the ideas are useful for any job transition.
May 15, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 8 - Top 10 things saving my life right now
As we finish week 10 of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, I reflect on the top 10 things saving my life right now.
May 8, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 7 - Combating Laziness
In this week's episode, I talk about the struggle with laziness and give 5 strategies that I use to combat it.
May 1, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 6 - Are we in a time warp?
In this week's episode, I talk about time and strategies to manage our time. The tips that I discuss today are the ones that I use on a regular basis but they are really becoming essential during this work-from-home time.
Apr 24, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 5 - Do you have a morning routine?
In this week's episode, I talk about morning routines. Do you have a morning routine? Whether you do or not, I give you some tips and strategies for starting your day. I am not supportive of some recent posts by Rachel Hollis and have unsubscribed from her podcast. I mention her book and her morning routine strategy in this podcast episode. While I still like this routine, I do not support her recent comments or actions.
Apr 17, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 4 - Comparison, comparison, and imposter syndrome
In this episode, I talk about comparison of productivity with others, comparison of parenting with others, and imposter syndrome.
Apr 8, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 3 - Discussing the 5 Core Essentials
In episode 3, I talk about the 5 Core Essentials for staying healthy and productive during busy, stressful times. These "simple" ideas are sometimes difficult to focus on in tough times. Still, they are so important.
Apr 1, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 2 - Leading your team through hard times
This is episode 2 of the CALM podcast: Combining Academia and Life with Marylyn. In this episode, I talk about 5 strategies for leading your team through hard times. These tips work with nearly any challenging life situation, but are particularly useful as we continue learning the new normal during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 25, 2020
CALM Podcast: Episode 1 - Leading through #coronatined2020
Episode 1 of the CALM podcast: Combining Academia and Life with Marylyn. In this episode, I discuss the 5 strategies that I am using to lead my team through the covid-19 pandemic.