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A new year, A new beginning…

by Amber De Angelis

It’s a new year! It’s the perfect time to pick up good habits or learn something new. Actually, any time is a good time to do those, you just need the right tools and the drive to do it.  Luckily for you, the Boston Public Library and the web have some great resources to help you kick off your new year right.

Get organized!

This is a common New Year’s resolution and there are many methods. Some people use apps. One of the most popular productivity apps out there is Evernote. Evernote allows you to capture, organize, and find information across your computer and mobile devices. You can make to-do lists and notes and snap photos and then search for it all through one interface.

For the Luddites and traditionalists in the crowd,  there is the Bullet Journal technique–an analog way to get organized.  And of course, the BPL has several books and ebooks that can help, as well.

 

Find a new job

Sometimes, with a few tweaks you can fix our situation at work, but other circumstances may lead you to choose a new career path. Check our book display this month, which focuses transitioning to a new career.

For those who are looking to get back into the workforce, there are several resources that can help. Use your library card to access Career Transitions to discover new career opportunities and manage your job search.

For other advice on how to go back to work, take a gander at the website iRelaunch. Additionally, the 55+ crowd should explore what ReServe, Inc has to offer. And if you haven’t done so already, take time to revamp your LinkedIn profile.

 

Learn something new

Take this time to learn a new skill or brush up on some old ones. GCF Learn Free is free website that has great how-to guides on software packages such as Microsoft Office. The Khan academy is another free website that has classes on many topics from basic math to world history and beyond.

Lastly,  learn a new language by using your library card to access Mango. Mango is a fun language portal that teaches the grammar, the words, and the culture behind many languages. Languages include French, Greek, Tagalog, Biblical Hebrew and many more.

Learn how to get a library card or eCard here.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

 

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