The 16-17 academic year is underway! The first week of school is going really well and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead. The first few weeks of the school year are always hectic, but things will settle down soon enough.
This year I am entering my 11th year working in higher education and my 10th year working at AU. For anyone else working in education, or anyone who has kids in school, you’re used to functioning off of multiple calendars. Sure you follow the calendar year, but you’re also probably used to following the academic calendar. I personally find myself functioning out of 3 calendars: the calendar year, academic year, and my birth year.
As most of you know, I love creating goals, to do lists, bucket lists, you name it. It’s probably from my childhood, but I’ve always been engaged in self reflection and goals help me to create vision as I move into the future. Every year, I go into a new academic year with a set of goals, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared them here. Setting goals for the new year helps me to refocus and to move closer to my long term goals, both professionally and personally.
My goals for the 16-17 academic year are simple, but some actually take a lot of effort. I really strive to give as much of myself to my students when I am at work, so it’s hard for me to make myself a priority during the work day. I am learning that I am my best self for my family and my students when I make myself a priority as well and create healthy boundaries. Here are my goals for the 16-17 academic year.
1. Start my day each morning by creating a to do list for the day ahead
2. Keep my water bottle filled throughout the day
3. Use my standing desk a little each day
4. Take a lunch break at some point each day, leaving my desk to eat lunch
5. Be good about leaving work on schedule
6. Use my essential oils in the office each day
7. Organize my upcoming week every Friday before I leave work
8. Plan quarterly lunches or happy hours with colleagues
9. Read 4 books focused on professional development this academic year
10. Use my vacation days
11. Take the time to get away from the office for athletic competitions, both home and away
12. Look for ways to grow professionally, stepping out of my comfort zone