Top 10 Resolutions for Financial Aid Professionals

  1. Resolve to simplify. Too much paper in your office? Make time each day or a couple of times per week to sort through it and file what is important and shred what isn’t needed. Less clutter is less stress!

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  1. Resolve to volunteer for at least one committee in your state or regional organization. We’re all busy, but if we all pitch in and get involved, it strengthens our organizations.
  1. Resolve to spread some kindness by saying “Hello” to students and staff you meet in the hallway. You never know when a simple greeting may be just what that person needs at that moment.
  1. Resolve to take time for yourself during the day. This can be something as simple as taking a break to taking a 10-minute walk down the hallway or checking out the new fashions in your bookstore.
  1. Resolve to take a lunch break. It’s too easy to get into the routine of, “I’m too busy to leave for lunch. I’ll run to the cafeteria and grab something and eat it in between students, e-mails, and phone calls.” We all need that physical and mental break from our desks!
  1. Resolve to come up with one new idea for your office. Maybe you’ve always wanted to create a financial literacy plan, but you haven’t made the time to do so. Come up with one simple idea and implement it. Better yet, get others in your office involved and delegate some of the planning.
  1. Resolve to leave on time (or limit your overtime). It’s too easy to get into the routine of staying until 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. every night. We all know the work will be waiting for us in the morning!
  1. Resolve to embrace change. Face it, we’re in an industry that is constantly changing and we don’t always like those changes, but we usually find a way to “grin and bear it and make it happen.”

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  1. Resolve to do a random act of kindness at least once a month. Send an e-mail to a colleague and tell him or her how much you enjoy serving on a committee together. Send a note to someone at your school to let that person know how much you appreciate him or her. Send a note to a student who has received an honor or who might need a little bit of encouragement.
  1. Resolve to “disconnect” periodically. Face it, too many of us find ourselves “connected” to our phones, e-mail, and social media accounts way too often. In the evenings and on weekends resist the urge to check your school e-mail. If you feel you must check it, have a cut-off time where you won’t check it again until the morning.

 

Marlene Seeklander
Association News Committee

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