Tag: work life balance

Jude's Law (MPD5)

Jude's Law is an a-typical presentation designed to teach people how to increase creativity and fun in the work place. It applies to all levels of staff in Higher Education. From developers, designers and directors to higher ed rookies and savvy veterans. We all dream about being in that perfect work community, lets help build it!

Beyond the Screen (MPD8)

It’s easy to lose sight of the advantages of working at a higher education institution. How often do you talk to faculty and staff outside of your area? Was the last time you took a class when you received your degree... maybe five, ten, thirty years ago? Do you interact with students or attend university events? Sitting in front of computer screens for roughly eight hours a day, five days a week is hardly the workout our brains and bodies need in order to push creative concepts out or to understand the audiences of faculty, staff, students, and parents. Colleges and universities are THE place to grow and learn, yet we get so consumed with our work that we forget to take advantage of what they have to offer us. There are a myriad of opportunities to continue your education, get involved, and interact with your audiences. My goal is to inspire you to try something new, while sharing some of my experiences and how it all feeds into my work on the web.

Human at Work or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Get Better at My Job (MPD9)

Where does our time go? Somewhere in the middle of our overlapping project deadlines, meetings, and daily emails, we are all just trying to do good work, but it's hard to keep up. We do our best to stay organized with productivity apps and calendars and "lifehacks" but in the end we are humans and easily distracted by funny videos of cats — how can we be expected to actually get stuff done each day? It all comes down to habits. The way we check our email, where and when we have lunch, how we take notes in meetings — understanding and changing our work habits is the key to unlocking our productivity, and finding a better work-life balance. I struggled with managing my own workload for years until I started analyzing my personal productivity habits and researching ways I could improve. I found that small changes in the way that I use email, schedule my time, and manage my tasks, not only made me more productive but also led to improved communication and productivity for my team. I'll show you how some simple changes in the structure of my days and a new approach my work have helped me start replacing bad habits with good ones, and get better at my job. And I'll teach you how to evaluate your own habits, make focused productivity part of every day, and become a healthier, happier, and way-less-stressed human with way more time for enjoying all those cat videos you crave.

Better Living Through Automation: Defeating Time Sucks and Doing Better Work (MPD12)

As a small office (or office of one) tasked with managing your institution’s website, social media accounts, and teams of co-workers and work study students, there’s a LOT to keep track of and not enough time in the day to deal with it. What if we could automate the most tedious of our daily tasks using free tools? From task management and delegation, to collecting form submissions, to dealing with email and social media mentions -- and much more -- we can eliminate time sucks and focus on doing better work. This session is equal parts workflows/examples and prompting you to think creatively about how to tie together common apps and tasks into a powerful super-system. Kind of like Voltron for web apps.