Here is a fun activity for your classrooms....FILL A JAR WITH KINDNESS IN YOUR CLASSROOM #choosekind
How to Get the Most Out of a Conference:
Get ready to GIVE.
Figure out what you want to GET.
Take along other people's agendas.
Pick sessions carefully.
Put ideals to use.
Think of a question or two to ask a speaker.
Design your own session.
Volunteer for a job at the conference.
Sit with strangers.
Look for excuses to introduce people to each other.
Discover your organizing style, learn better business writing skills, develop your procedures manual, join us for a free webinar and 5-Day Challenge, and more!Discover your organizing style, learn better business writing skills, develop your procedures manual, join us for a free webinar and 5-Day Challenge, and more!
Get Organized and Be Productive Month! The National Association of Productivity & Organizing (NAPO) Professionals began this tradition back in 2003 in an effort to empower individuals, families, and businesses to regain control over their surroundings, time, and possessions. With a new year just starting, it's a great time to clear the decks, develop some better habits, and reap the benefits of living and working in a space that creates calm, inspires you, and positively impacts your productivity!
We have some exciting things happening in January to help you get organized and be more productive!
1) Free Webinar on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - From Clutter to Calm: Creating an Organized Workspace That Inspires Productivity. Click here to register now.
2) Free Organize Your Workspace 5-Day Challenge, January 22-26, 2018.
If you've participated in any of our past 5-day challenges, you know how much we can accomplish in just five days! This challenge is no exception. Here's what some of our past participants said about it:
â¢ "I was a bit concerned that things would quickly go back to disarray due to the way I have been working. Yet, from Julieâs coaching I have found that the directional flow of work is what will help the most." - G. Boyte
â¢ "This has been a great few days! I donât have before pictures, but Iâll share my after. My office feels so calm and co-workers have even commented that my space is peaceful. I am able to focus on the task at hand by working in the prime zone area. Thank you!" - H. Dinwiddie
â¢ "Julie, so many of the points you covered in todayâs webinar hit home, especially that of understanding your managerâs organization style before trying to make him/her adjust to yours (a failed experiment on my part several years ago)." - K. Kohn
â¢ "The zone system truly helped. I have been much more productive with this system in place. Thanks again!" - T. Thompson
"Getting organized" is about setting up systems that work for you and your organizational preferences for time and space. Then you can more effectively reset the habits to support your efforts going forward. What I share in this free webinar and 5-day challenge will help you with the organizing process by focusing on your workspace organization first.
Being organized is important for all admins. Throughout January, weâll be highlighting different organization topics to help you get and stay organized. Weâre kicking things off this week by exploring what it means to be organized, and how you can better leverage your individual organizational style for better results. Be sure to share your favorite organizing tips and strategies with us, too, on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages or by email at AdminSuccess@AllThingsAdmin.com.
Here's to getting organized and being more productive in 2018!
Supporting your administrative success,
P.S. Studies show that 6% of corporate time is wasted on poorly written communication â but it doesnât have to be that way! This monthâs AdminPro Training Series session will help you remove unnecessary clutter from your messages, get familiar with punctuation and commonly misused words, and let your credibility shine. Click here for a free preview of the session.
Committed to Excellence Award
This award recognizes educational office professionals who are committed to excellence. The recipient will receive a two-year UAEOP membership. This award is for non-UAEOP board members. The recipient does not need to be a current UAEOP member.
One nominee will be selected three times per year in January, June, and October. The next deadline is December 31, 2017.
The nomination form is available at www.uaeop.org. Click on Grow and Award.
This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to nominate a colleague who consistently excels in their profession.
The UAEOP Judy Anderson Student Scholarship is designed to assist business education students who wish to continue their education and pursue office related careers, preferably in the educational field. The scholarship is valued at $500.
The application is available at www.uaeop.org. Click on Grow and Student Scholarship.
Application must be postmarked by January 31, 2018.
This information is being sent to all counselors and CTE Business teachers, however, please feel free to forward to students, staff, and/or post in your school offices.
December 12, 2017
BELLS for Holiday Stress
Why do the holidays become stressful? Often the answer to that question is that we get tied up in all of the "to do"s and "by when"s that are implied in getting everything done. The holidays are for people, not the other way around. Let's look at an acronym that can help us better handle holiday stress:
B - Breathe - Take a moment to get perspective on what the holidays are all about. In addition to that, actually focusing for a moment on your breathing can help to move your brain from the protective fight or flight response into a more calm mode of functioning.
E - Eating and Exercise - Your brain is part of your body. In fact it is the biggest energy hog of any organ in your system. Sometimes during the holidays we neglect the important physical care of our brain and body. Use moderation in eating those holiday goodies, and keep up with your exercise routine.
L - Love - Most of your holiday "to do" list comes back to activities or preparations to connect with people you love. Keeping the purpose in mind helps to reduce the stress.
L - Live in the moment - Stay present and enjoy whatever you are doing NOW. A lot of the stress comes from anticipating or worrying about what is still coming. Connect with what you are doing and who you are with right now.
S - Serve - Anxiety and stress are almost always focused on the self. When we get out of our own way and reach out to serve and lift others, we feel less stress. The holidays are a wonderful time to actually do this.
May you have a wonderful and stress-free holiday season!
“People before programs and values before valuables"Dr. Paul
Live On Purpose
First of all, take a deep breath. This will be over soon and you will survive. Staying present in the moment helps us remember to look around and take in all that is being offered at that time.
If you are travelling with children for the holidays; make up a small bag of books, small toys, games, etc., items they can use in the car, so they don’t spend all of their time with some sort of media. Play a game to encourage them to look out the window; look for license plates from other states, look for something that begins with an ‘A’, a ‘B’, etc., among other games.
Next, prioritize. Make lists to help keep you on track and to decrease anxiety. Make a list of things to be done and decide what order those things need to be in and make a plan to get those things done.
Put down your phone. There are so many fun events during the holiday season, remember to put down your phone and actually enjoy them. Difficult to do at times but, try using your phone during an event, only for a few pictures and enjoy the event the rest of the time. You will make many happy family memories!
Thanks for keeping up with the blog!
Ugh, December. Is there any month of the year that drives us quite so batty? Shopping, Entertaining, Traveling, Wrapping, Preparing for a new semester/year! A sure fire way to relieving the stress that comes with this list is practicing the three R’s – rest, relaxation, and reflection. All three of these not only helps soothe your frayed brain, but also improves your overall health, according to the Mayo Clinic. Learning to “chill” slows your heart rate, lowers your blood pressure, reduces muscle tension and even boosts your self-confidence!
Deepak Chopra recommends mediating for 10 to 20 minutes a day in order to bring your mind and body into harmony. I haven’t been doing this, probably why I have a cold right now. Dr. Nancy Snyderman suggests running away for a fast recharge. “Tell your family you love them, but that you need a brief getaway. They will be fine. It is not selfish, it’s self-preservation.” Dr. Oz says, “If you can’t get away, take 5 minutes to go to the bathroom and practice deep belly breathing.”
I love these tips. I thought, “I can at least try breathing!” I got the email below from PEHP. Sign-up and they will send you an email to help you take ten minutes to breath once a week. I signed up. I thought, “I can at least do that to help with the stress.” I hope you have a not-too-stressful holiday season.
Andrea Curtin, CEOE
Take Ten Tuesdays
Every Tuesday in December starting 12/5
Take ten minutes each Tuesday to give yourself the gift of relaxation this holiday season. Each recording will be sent directly to your inbox weekly.
To register, use the link below:
At this time of year we often feel overwhelmed with juggling all of our work, family and social obligations as the holidays approach. Don't forget to take some time for yourselves and do something that makes you happy! The happier we are, the better we are able to help other people. One of the biggest things I do for myself is to go to the gym at least five days a week and chocolate and Hallmark movies always help.
Ben Lomond High School