The Dog Days of Summer

I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer so far. Indeed these are the dog days of summer and if you aren’t careful it’ll be gone before you know it. The challenge for many, is remembering how to manage our time.

Last month, Linda Derick, at Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy wrote informative piece on taking control of your time, for Massage Magazine. I highly recommend it. Read Linda’s article here. Creating balance in life is a necessity for self care. What better time to find some balance than now? It is summer after all.

Speaking of self care, last month I also got my first cavity ever. It was terribly painful and I was forced to go to the dentist to get it filled. Fortunately the process was quite painless and I was delighted to learn that my attending dental assistant was a recent graduate of Porter & Chester’s Dental Assisting Program and she politely told me that the best way to avoid cavities was to brush, floss and visit the dentist for checkups regularly. Here’s that theme of self care and time management again. It got me thinking – must be something to it…

Sometimes we get so busy, that we have trouble prioritizing the important things. Like me with my recent cavity. As Linda put it, I was busy “being wagged by the demands of my life”. Another colleague often remarks that in Higher Ed, the work never goes away…she’s right.

As, the grad students are already beginning to return and the Fall Semester and September Start are just around the corner. Early FAFSA preparations are being made on many a college campus, while others are beginning the process of obtaining or changing accreditation. It can be a lot to manage and it’s normal to ask “How do I balance it all”?

As David Guttierrez writes in a post for students via Stanford’s “The College Puzzle” blog, ‘How to Prepare Yourself for The Next College Year’, which you can read here:

Here are some tips that you can use to prepare as well.

1. Get familiar with the latest regs
Reading my newsletter is a great start, but consider joining your local or regional associations for Financial Aid, Admissions, Ed-Tech or participating in accreditation workshops and other meetings. This is a great way to keep up to date.

2. Take a vacation
Pack the kids in the car and hit the beach, the lake or the park. Eat fast food and don’t forget the ice cream. Remember to take lots of pictures.

3. Brush up on your skills
Consider learning a new computer program or attending a workshop.

4. Get a job
As hiring managers themselves return from vacation, hiring is beginning to pick up. Is your resume up to date?

5. Do a compliance check
Audit season will be upon you before you know it. The best time to fix problems is now. Consider reviewing your policies and procedures, reviewing a sample of files to get a handle on your needs.

Got questions? Need help? Let’s talk.