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Get Organized!

January is National "Get Organized!" Month

Have you made a New Year's resolution to be more organized?  Well, January is Get Organized Month (NGOM), the professional organizing industry's national event dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of getting organized.  During this month finding an organizational system that best suits you can help you work more efficiently and reduce your stress level throughout the year.

Workplace Learning and Development is hosting several events in January to help you get and stay organized.

Lunch & Learn

Staff Council Lunch

Get advice from a certified professional organizer, an IT expert, and a Blackberry expert from Franklin Covey on organizing your digital and physical spaces.

Learn More & Register

Weekly Tips & Tricks

SOC Unseen and Unheard St. Elizabeths files

Get practical instructions on how to manage shared computer drives, keep up with phone and e-mail messages, and implement a variety of filing systems.

Read this week's tips

Organizing Confidential Data

NGOM is an opportunity to reduce risk to the University by looking at the type of data your office handles.

Please review the following pages to learn more.

Organizing Record Retention

Organizing Confidential Data

Lunch & Learn Course Descriptions


Show Where You SHINE: How to Document Your Competencies For PMP Discussions

Presenter: Dawn DePasquale, PhD
Chief Learning Director for Staff

Wednesday, January 22, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Mary Graydon Center 245

February/March Mid-year PMP discussions will include a one-time only discussion of the new competencies in which the manager and staff person will discuss strengths as well as areas for learning (if a new competency not previously used in the job) or improvement. Because one's manager can't always be aware of everything their direct report does day-to-day, the responsibility lies with the staff member to provide supportive data. This lunch and learn will provide you with a tool to capture the highlights of your daily performance in a way that will help not only in the PMP process, but in career progression as well.


Reducing Your Digital Risk

Cathy Hubbs
Chief Information Security Officer, Information Security
Monday, January 14, 12 p.m. - 2 p. m.
Mary Graydon Center 245

The Office of Information Technology is committed to bringing security awareness to our community. This Lunch and Learn is an interactive opportunity to explore tips and tricks to reduce digital risk, discover security awareness and compliance videos that have been added to the AsuccessfulU course catalog, and share ideas for getting organized to comply with University Policies.


Organization Ideas that Work

Presenter: Suzanne Barron
Technical Trainer (OIT)

Tuesday, January 9, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Mary Graydon Center 247

Unhealthy stress in the office? Is tension causing clutter? Want to eliminate those time-robbing habits? Make this the month to get organized! In this workshop, you'll learn to more effectively use Lotus Notes to master calendar tasks, prioritize assignments, find more free time in each day and focus on departmental goals by efficiently filing and finding emails. Also see how WIIFM works in helping you better plan your day, explore three approaches to setting priorities to meet your goals/avoid missed deadlines and why incorporating a SMART plan can help you accomplish your organizational objectives.


Process Mapping: Doing the Right Thing and Doing Things Right - Examine Your Departmental Processes for Greater Efficiency and Effectiveness

Presenter: Alexander Naula
Finance Analyst, Office of Finance and Treasurer
Wednesday, January 30, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: MGC 203/205

Process Mapping is a visual tool that aids in analyzing department processes (ex: recruiting, onboarding, event reservation, imaging system implementation). Process Mapping allows teams to identify variances in their process, and problem-solve to correct them.

Participants will be able to:
- Recognize the value of mapping their department processes.
- Apply the mapping process to a simple process.