Alumna Spotight: Paula Novacki, `14
Ever wondered what life after graduation will look like? Meet Paula Novacki!
You've seen the jokes about ending 2020 as quickly as possible. It's true: everything is different right now...even football season! As we approach the last two months of the year, here are a few thoughts on making the most out of the time we have left.
Whether you're working from home or you've returned to work in person, your "off" time is valuable. Protect your time by setting a start and stop time for work and avoiding work emails after hours, if possible. Having boundaries, and sticking to them, creates margin for yourself to rest and recharge.
Like me, you may have thought about using the extra time spent around the house to complete a home improvement project. Maybe you thought you'd come up with a new business idea or take on a new hobby. Or maybe you just want to fold and put away your laundry. Whatever you have yet to accomplish does not define you. We have all faced a series of unexpected circumstances over the past few months, and it's okay if you have not been as productive lately. As one of my favorite writers, Jon Acuff, says, "Some beats none." I have found that quote to be immensely helpful in remembering that incremental progress is better than none at all.
If you are working from home, or if you are in your office, you are likely spending hours each day in front of a screen. Continuing that screen time into non-work hours may increase your likelihood of developing eye strain and fatigue. As we are well aware, social media intake can compound stress and increase fatigue. Take a walk, sit on your porch, or read a book or a magazine instead.
Although it may sound appealing to write the rest of the year off (honestly, who hasn't thought about it?) prioritizing your time and your headspace can lead to a happier finish to 2020.
Brooks Hearn is a two-time graduate of the University of South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2007 and her Master of Public Administration in 2009. Brooks now resides in Summerville, SC and currently serves on the Young Alumni Council.