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Professional Development Links: Happy Apps and Your Calendar

professional development tools and resources

This is the start of a regular blog post series on the Highlands blog that features notable professional development articles, tools, and events from around the web.

Happy Apps

professional development tools and resourcesThere are two apps we’ve noticed lately — Unstuck and Happify. While neither are exclusive to professional development, both are exclusive to changing the way you think through simple activities. Unstuck guides you through questions and organizational tasks to tackle projects or big change. Happify gives you exercises every day to help you to think more positively. And whether you mean to or not, moving forward and finding the positive wil help you at work.

Calendar Your Way to More Time

How much time do you spend emailing back and for with colleagues and clients scheduling appointments? If you’re like most professionals, TOO MUCH TIME. Doodle is a free tool that integrates with your existing calendar that makes it easy to schedule meetings without the back and forth on email.

Social Media in the Classroom

Earlier this year Twitter released an app called Periscope that allows you to create short, real-time video for posting in your Twitter stream. In this article from Education Dive, we see how some teachers are taking advantage of Periscope.

Upcoming “Holidays”

Okay, these may not be federally-recognized holidays, but we could all use more reason to celebrate. (Full list of holidays on

  • National Custodial Worker Day, October 2
  • World Teacher Day, October 5
  • Physician Assistant Day, October 6
  • Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day, October 11
  • Boss’ Day, October 16
  • Evaluate Your Life Day, October 19
  • TV Talk Show Host Day, October 23

Natural Abilities on

dr dori stilesDori Stiles, PhD, Director of Training and Research recently wrote an article for on how natural abilities relate to the job search. Check out “The Difference Between Values, Interests, Skills, and Abilities.” We hope you’ll read and share!

That’s it for this month. We’ll be back with more links in October. If you think you’ve got a resource worthy of our monthly professional development link roundup, Tweet us @highlandsco to tell us about it.