Two Chances to Start Fresh

If you work in education, you’re one of the lucky ones. Every year, we get two new starts. There’s the new school year in the fall and the new calendar year in January. Take advantage of this fresh beginning. Maybe there were some things you wanted to accomplish this fall that fell to the wayside. Guess what? It’s OK. Take this time to assess what you have accomplished, review your goals and set some new ones.

Assess what you’ve done

Start a list. Start writing down some projects that you have accomplished in the past 6-12 months. Once you know what you’ve done, then you can figure out where you’re going. This is also a good time to assess how you’re spending your time. Try to figure out if you want to spend more or less time in an area or maybe find a tool that will help you be more efficient in some areas.

Review your goals

If you make a list of goals every year, get out the list and compare it to the projects that you’ve accomplished. If you wanted to build community online, did any of your projects lend themselves toward that goal? The tasks and projects that you are doing every day should be linked to the big picture – your overall goals.

Set new goals

Now you know what you’ve accomplished (or not) and which goals you’ve achieved (or not). It’s perfectly OK if you didn’t do everything you wanted. And it’s perfectly OK if your goals and projects didn’t match up like peanut butter and jelly. Because you get a fresh start. This is a new year to set new goals. Take into mind the things that you weren’t able to check off your list and figure out how you can get them done in the new year.

Check out this video from Daniel Pink and ask yourself how you can make this year better than last year.

Welcome!

Welcome to the Rethink School Communications blog!

The purpose of this blog is to share new thoughts and ideas about the affect of the digital age on school communications. It is written by Cassie Dull, an electronic communications specialist at an independent K-12 school in Indianapolis.

Technology is ever-changing and sometimes it can be hard to keep up. I hope that this blog can be a resource for navigating the waters of using the web and social media as important tools in your school’s communication efforts. Whether you are already treading in the deep end of the social media pool or just dipping your toes in, I hope that this blog will become a comfortable place to ask questions and discuss your own techniques and practices.

Please feel free to comment and suggest ideas for future topics. Happy communicating!