It’s summer and while I’m excited to relax, I’m also looking forward to CRUSHING my summer office to-do list. There are many tangible items I need to complete (like hanging these 2 pictures that’ve been on my desk for 2 years – bah!), but with more consecutive hours of uninterpreted think time in this season, I’m focusing on those to-do’s that are less task-y and more nebulous. Most of the listed items center around the theme of “get caught up on thinking” – reflecting on our programs and learning goals and what is needed to make these more effective. So here I am, declaring to the world (well…er…the tiny portion of the world who reads this blog) my non-S.M.A.R.T. (yet smart?) assessment goals for the summer season. Maybe some of them will be similar to or complement assessment summer goals of your own (or not!):
- Check in with the office’s overall purpose and place in the institutional goals (read: are we on the right direction?)
- Review the College’s strategic plan (for the billionth time, but still, I see some part of it differently every time)
- Review the office mission statement (and fully memorize it…right now I know it like people know the song Sweet Caroline – I am confident and loud during the favorite parts and then mumble the rest)
- Review office 2014-2015 goals
- Channel the greats of compelling visual storytelling
- Learn a lot of needed stuff (I warned you that these wouldn’t be S.M.A.R.T.!)
- Figure out the impossible secret solution to how to effectively simultaneously manage (read: juggle like crazy) the dream and the details…the big picture and the little picture…the yearly and the daily…whatever you call it
- Commit to relationship with ONE task app (currently I’m courting about 4 – successfully but inefficiently)
- Which task apps do you all like? Trello? DropTask? Google Tasks?
- Hang those two damn pictures on my desk! Arggg!! (Ok, not an assessment goal, but important nonetheless…)
What’s on your summer assessment to-do list?