Working Smarter, Not Harder

 by Katie LaSota

Greetings! I am writing to you this week while at our RA student staff retreat. I can't believe that the beginning of the year is fast approaching and that students are moving in already. I am guessing that I'll probably say this every year for the rest of my career.

While preparing for my student staff to come back to campus I continued to do some reflection on my first year experience. I have definitely come a long way since the start of my job last year. One of the tasks that I needed to get done before my staff arrived was to make door decorations. This is always a struggle for me because I cannot seem to come up with anything that I like or can connect to a theme. So I turned to Pinterest and websites to help me brainstorm. This year I decided that part of the way I intend to build community is social media. Not that I did not use social media last year, but I'd like to be more intentional with my advertising about these resources. While doing my research on door decs I found some that related to twitter. This set off an alarm in my mind. Why not use door decorations as an opportunity to advertise our twitter account and hash tags?

From that moment on I started to think about ways to connect one goal or project with another. This is where working smarter, not harder comes into play. What are some ways in which you get a "two-for-one" in your work? Are you able to?

Student Affairs - the First Years

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