Dear Society Member,
As the calendar turns to August, many of us shift our focus from summer vacation to returning to work or school.
This month I would like to talk about a few proactive measures you can take to beat the "summertime blues", that will help you smoothly transition into Fall.
Whether you are coming back to campus or returning to work, give yourself a buffer day to get a head start on emails, run errands, unpack and re-acclimate. To set yourself up for success, treat your first few days back as a reboot period. Shy away from scheduling important appointments or meetings on your first day back. Instead, block off a section of time to prioritize a to-do list.
― Scott Berkun
You may be asking, “How do I begin prioritizing my task list?”. I suggest organizing your tasks with the priority matrix from Stephen Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
This matrix is an effective method of identifying and organizing your priorities. It can be challenging to discard certain things you want to do, but when it comes to overcoming workload paralysis, it’s essential to make your to-do list manageable.
As you return from vacation or summer break, I hope these tips will help set you up for another successful academic year.
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The Society recently launched a new initiative, collecting stories to share on our site about how our members have positively impacted their communities, and how the Society has positively impacted them.
Each Tuesday, we’re posting a testimonial from one of our members on our social media pages. If we choose to feature your testimonial, you will receive a $25 Visa gift card!
If you haven't submitted a video testimonial yet, please do so on our website here: http://ow.ly/KJIt302pzqI.
What to do:
- Grab your phone, and in just 60 seconds, record yourself telling your story of how the NSLS has positively impacted you and your community.
What to share:
- See below for two examples of our most recently featured #TestimonialTuesday posts:
― Stephanie Rosenbloom, The New York Times
Your stress levels don't have to skyrocket the second you get back
Vacations are awesome. Returning from them generally isn't.
Thanks to overflowing inboxes, backed-up calendars, and inevitable but highly unflattering comparisons between your cubicle or dorm and your recently occupied beach chair, coming back to work can sometimes be so awful it makes you wonder if going away was even worth it.
But it doesn't have to be that way, according to experts. They claim it is possible to ease your way back into work in such a way that you can keep that post-vacation glow going. How? Click here for a few of their top tips.
Sigma Alpha Pi Inducts 51 SCC Students
Fifty-one students were inducted into the Society chapter at Surry Community College during its induction ceremony. “The core philosophy of the Society is that anyone can achieve their dreams with proper support and dedicated action,” explains Tony Searcy, SCC’s Director of Campus Life and Student Support, who was pivotal in starting the local chapter. “These are the future leaders and shakers in the communities where they live.”
Rochester Institute of Technology
The Society chapter at Rochester Institute of Technology recently participated in the RIT Festival to spread NSLS awareness while inspiring individuals along the way. The RIT-NSLS exhibit featured a paper chain of dreams, in which participants wrote down their goals, wishes, hopes and dreams and added it to the chain. The chain reached 230 feet long by the end of the event.
To view more images from this event, visit us on Flickr.
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