It’s hard to believe that we’re only a couple of weeks into the New Year. With the recent national events here in the U.S., the first week of January felt like it was about a month long.

In the midst of all that’s been happening, I’ve definitely needed some more positive distractions. And, given that it’s January, it is also a huge win if those distractions help me to feel productive!

Here are three rabbit holes that I’ve gone down this month in case they might be interesting for you to explore as well:

ClickUp: I stumbled across ClickUp in a YouTube video that asked if it might be the tool to replace Notion and I was instantly intrigued! I’ve been playing around with the different lists, folders, and dashboard options in ClickUp and so far I’m loving the functionality. Expect to hear more about my use of this new tool soon!

CPTD credential: A friend of mine introduced me to the Association for Talent Development and their Certified Professional in Talent Development credential. Since my background is in faculty development, it was fascinating to find this credential that overlaps with a lot of skills I already have like training, coaching, instructional design, and organizational development. Long story short, I decided to take the exam for this credential in February and I’m looking forward to some fun reading to help me prepare.

Disciplined Agile: I mentioned in my 21 Goals for 2021 list that I’m pursuing a DASM credential this month and it has been really interesting to dive into the materials as I’m studying. My experience in higher education hasn’t really focused much on team development and process design, so I’m soaking up all this information like a sponge.

Each of these areas give my brain lots to chew on when I need to distract myself.

What are your latest positive distractions?