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News for the Week of March 4, 2013

Planning Your Work: Thoughts on Time Management

Workloads can be overwhelming. Stop freaking out and start planning! Establishing a plan can help you stay organized.

Planning is extremely important. In a Leadership training session with PwC -a national accounting firm-that I attended last month, I have learned that “1 minute of planning will save 7 minutes of execution." I find this particularly true. You can consider cooking as an example. When you plan to make a meal, what do you do first? First, you go to the grocery store and buy whatever ingredients you could remember and try to put them together once you get home. The second approach is to look up the recipe online, figure out what kind of ingredient you need and go get' em. If you choose the second approach, I guarantee that you would have your meal prepared much faster.

With the first approach, I always find myself wandering around the store trying to remember what ingredients are needed for my dish. With the second approach, knowing what I need helps me locate the ingredients better. As a result, my shopping trip ends sooner. The same goes for your work. Listing it out and knowing what steps you need to take to complete them will definitely speed up your work progress.

With planning you can simply start with a piece of paper. On the paper, write down the categories of your work and the amount of time you are expected to spend on them. Categories can be "homework," "volunteer work," "team assignment." You will get a better idea of what is urgent, what you need to do first and what you can put off for a little longer to do what is urgent as of right now.

Establish several calendars that could help you keep track of your readings for school, your volunteer work, and special events with your loved ones. As for me, I have three calendars-one lists all my reading assignments, one list events and volunteer work, and one with homework and their due dates. I check those calendar every morning to make sure that I have done everything that was assigned and review what I will need to do that day.

Again, establish a clear plan by keeping multiple calendars and stay organized. This will help you tremendously in being successful at SU. Good luck!

Ngoc (Naomi) Le

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March Lunches with Leaders

Wednesday, March 6th | 12:30-1:30pm | Student Center 210

Enjoy a free lunch and listen to Stephanie Garbaczewski, an event management professional.o RSVP, e-mail First 20 to RSVP receive a free lunch!

Search for Meaning Book Festival

Saturday, March 9th | 9-5pm | On Campus

300+ authors, an annual festival, and a nationwide network surrounding the human search for meaning. Join us for year-round exploration on themes of human meaning and a life lived with and for others. For more information visit:

Know Your Rights Training

Monday, March 11th | 7-8:39PM | Sullivan Hall Room 329

Join us for a Know Your Rights Training, presented by attorney Jenn Kaplan, to learn about the basic legal rights people have when dealing with police and other government authorities. In addition to being good general knowledge, the information discussed will be helpful in working with communities who are targeted by police and government repression.