By Colleen Riggle
Back to school, back to school…
Summer is officially over for us and as we embark on the beginning of a new academic year I wanted to pass along my tips for making life easier!
1. iPad and Tablet Devices – it will reduce the stacks of paper you will have piled up throughout your office by the end of the first month or semester! It will help you keep up to date with your calendar, notes from one meeting to the next and what I love about my iPad is being able to pull up a website reference when we are in a meeting discussing or sending off that email right as we’re talking about it! And let’s be real, Scrabble can always fill some time during a dull meeting too!
2. Calendar – own your calendar, don’t let it own you! Go through before the busy time of year and block off lunch or an hour at the start of end of your day to make sure you have time to prep! While those hours aren’t set in stone, I like having the flexibility of deciding whether I need that time or if I can schedule a meeting. It’s important to stay balanced throughout the year and being in control of your own time will be important! Oh, something else is to put personal appointments on the calendar too or maybe even carve out some time for a mini vacation before the end of the semester, 16 weeks can be a long haul with no reprieve!
3. Social Networking – I don’t know about you, but I rarely have the leisure of sitting down and reading a newspaper, let alone a book (unless it’s on my iPhone) so what I do is fill my Google Reader, Facebook and Twitter with lots of resources to keep up to date! It helps me stay in tune to what’s going on in the world, and also keep a pulse on campus too! I find that I get much of my in the moment news from Twitter (especially HUGE traffic issues that might cause me to be late to work or picking up from day care).
As we begin the semester, I encourage you to take a moment and pause as you prepare! Consider my top 3 suggestions and also to think through what ways technology has assisted you in a smooth start and semester!