By Brenda Bethman
This week’s links do not really relate to technology per se, but as you know from my previous posts, I’ve been traveling a bit this summer and just returned from vacation. So reentry is on my mind:
One thing I’ve started doing for the past couple of years is scheduling a “transition day” for my last day of vacation — we come home the day before that day so that I have a day off between getting home and going back to work. I use that day to unpack, do laundry, catch up on snail and e-mail (don’t answer much email that day, but I do go into my inbox and delete like crazy). I find it really helpful in terms of making that first day back in the office feel a bit less stressful. How do you deal with vacation reentry? Share your tips in the comments!
By Brenda Bethman
In the previous best practices installment, Anitra wrote about summer projects — and I, too, have a list of summer projects that is longer that I can accomplish. For this post, I wanted to talk about the importance of making sure you find time to relax during the summer as well. As we all know, it’s easy to get wrapped up in summer projects and forget to take care of ourselves. So here are some things you can do this summer to refresh you:
- Install an app like BreakTime on your computer and get out for some fresh air and sunshine every 1-2 hours (BreakTime is for Mac, but there are apps for Windows-based machines as well).
- Go on vacation (or staycation) and turn off your email. Really. All the way off. It will be okay.
- Play Dots (or some other addicting game).
- Read a good beach novel — my favorite author in this genre right now is Elin Hilderbrand. Don’t like beach novels? Try a good detective novel — Yrsa Sigurðardóttir from Iceland is a great writer with a feminist protagonist.
- Explore your area — is there a museum near by that you’ve never been to? Check it out.
- Go to the movies.
- Hit the beach.
- Do all of these things at least once.
At the end of the day (summer), it doesn’t matter which you choose — the key thing is to remember to take some time to recharge and relax. Student affairs folks are notoriously bad at self care, so be sure to include some break time in your summer. The work and the projects will still be there after you get back. I promise.
How do you recharge and relax in the summer? Tell us in the comments!
By Brenda Bethman
As you know from my last post, I have travel on the brain right now (even more so now, since I leave in 10 days). I’ve also been out of the office a fair amount during the last month or so due to illness and travel, so this article in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye. Author Melissa Korn notes that despite a clearly-stated out-of-office message, some folks nonetheless emailed repeatedly during the time she’d stated she would be out of the office:
“I was horrified to see at least four or five notes following up on emails that had only been sent a day or two earlier–when my out-of-office response was already switched on. The senders knew I was out, yet they still felt the need to send another note, asking why I didn’t respond. One went so far as to send a text message to my personal cellphone after receiving my automatic reply, convinced that her news was too important to wait. (It wasn’t.)”
I also noticed this when I was out of the office with bronchitis in late April/early May. Despite an out-of-office reply that basically said “I’m sick and will read your email when I feel human again,” many students emailed daily with their queries. This also happened during spring break, with one student going so far as to find my cell phone number and texting me (no, that did not go down well).
Of course, part of the reason folks repeatedly email is because they assume that “out of office” doesn’t actually mean anything as many folks (like Korn did) continue to check their email when on vacation or ill, as this article on CNBC points out (“How the Smartphone Killed the Three-Day Weekend“).
To get around this expectation, danah boyd developed what she calls an “email sabbatical” and more folks are declaring “email bankruptcy” upon their return.
As student affairs professionals, it’s easy for us to lose boundaries as Stacy Oliver pointed out last summer but time off (especially after the craziness of April and May) is essential. Even I, notorious for my email habits, turned off last summer and this past Memorial Day weekend. The challenge I’m now finding is getting others to recognize that I really do mean it when I say I’m out of the office. But I’m hopeful that it will take as I prepare for my summer travels.
What about you? How do you turn off? And get others to respect your boundaries when you do?
This is just a quick post to let y’all know we’re taking the month of July for vacation. Well, maybe staycation, or just blogcation, but you get the idea.
We will be back in August with some new bloggers and new posts. If you’re interested in blogging for us or know someone who is, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to add you to the schedule!
By Colleen Riggle
Yes, folks it’s that time again! And thanks to Alice Cooper (and youtube) we have a song to celebrate!
While our friends in the Northeast and a few other exceptions have a few more days, most kids/people are celebrating the last days of school! Whether in kindergarten or in graduate school the last days of school are probably some of the most exciting! It means a new freedom for a few months (unless you’re taking summer school), usually warmer weather and perhaps being able to read book(s) for leisure!
What do you remember most about summer? Do you have a favorite summer tradition? If you have small ones in your life, have you started any traditions? Perhaps the “family vacation”?
Something that’s been on my mind lately it how technology play in to summer plans? When you go on vacation, how prone are you to still check email? Do you respond or just skim? I’ll admit that I’m guilty of both, checking and responding! I find it hard to disconnect from the day to day messages that come in regularly but admire those who are able to fully disconnect!
With summer upon us how will be celebrate, spend your time and involve technology (or not) into those plans? What’s on your summer reading list? What will you do if taking a staycation? We have a staycation coming up in the next week and I’m actually excited to not have to pack a van, plan an itinerary, but instead be able to lounge around the house…well as much as one can with a 8mo old!
So whether you’re going on multiple trips, or no trips enjoy summer and all it has to offer!
Happy Holidays from Student Affairs Women Talk Tech! We are taking a break from publishing, beginning Monday, December 26, 2011 — we will resume posting on Monday, January 9, 2012. At that time, we’ll introduce some new bloggers and new posting formats, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, enjoy this video that was a viral hit during the 2010 holiday season:
It’s July and we, like everyone else, need a vacation! In this case, a blog vacation. Student Affairs Women Talk Tech will take a break from posting July 1 – 17. Look for our return on Monday, July 18. We hope you all are getting some time off and rest also!