Monthly Archives: April 2020

The Power of Routine While Working Remotely

a cup of coffee, a planner, and a bagel

I recall how, as a kid, my mother was INSISTENT I do my homework and go to bed at the same time every day. At the time, I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t allowed to make my own decisions about my day-to-day schedule; after all, I was eight years old and had an OVERFLOWING amount of wisdom. However, my mom understood that routine was important for me for several

Creating Connections from the Comfort of Your Couch

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Networking isn’t just exchanging a business card with someone; it’s the art of establishing long-term relationships and connecting with other professionals. In today’s business world, virtual networking allows you to build and maintain relationships with contacts GLOBALLY. I love how I can connect with someone who lives 20 miles away from me one day, and chat with a contact who lives 2000 miles away the next! In these unprecedented

Online Courses: More Than Just Convenience

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Have you thought about broadening your skill set by taking an online course, but were unsure whether to take the plunge?  Maybe you’ve thought to yourself: “Are there even any benefits to participating in a course online vs. in-person? Will the courses be high-quality? Will I actually learn material in a non-traditional setting?” As someone who has taken an online course before, I can personally attest that there are

Beating Quarantine Boredom: Unordinary Ideas for Extraordinary Family Fun

mom and daughter painting together

Kids are adapting to the “new normal” where they tackle their schoolwork at home, and then spend their afternoons…well, doing what exactly? While video games are great (I love a good round of Mario Kart!) and Netflix is enjoyable, repeating the same activities can get old. There are numerous activities kids can spend their time completing while staying home, but it’s easy to stay in a rut when it

Working from Home: A Gen Z Perspective

As I reflect on the past year of my life, there has been a numerous amount of change. From graduating college, to accepting my first “big-girl” job, and then finally landing with UTC Center for Professional Education in February, I have learned more about accepting change gracefully in the past year than in the past three years combined. Recently, I experienced a big change in my job environment as

How to Avoid Overworking While Working from Home

Man Working in Home Office

I have found that establishing boundaries while working from home is not my strong suit. If I am not careful, I will trade in my typical eight-hour workday and spend 11-12 hours typing on my laptop instead. It is much easier to leave my work at the office when the end of the day arrives. When working from home, it is much easier to constantly work on tasks since

Sharing a Smile: My Favorite Good News Stories

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In a world where we are constantly bombarded with news that is often disheartening, I find myself needing to look for positivity. I recently watched a Workstation seminar where the speaker discussed the importance of balancing overwhelming information with gratitude and joy. I have made it my personal mission to intentionally seek good news. Throughout my search, I found these ten videos and stories that are encouraging reminders of

Understanding and Mastering Your Tone of Voice Recap

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This week on Workstation, body language expert Dr. Donna Van Natten presented “Understanding and Mastering Your Tone of Voice.” Donna shared how 38% of communication is based on tone of voice. She explained how the tonal parts of voice—pitch, timbre, loudness, and resonance—are the parts we are born with and take more effort to control. However, the stylistic elements of our voice—speech rate, response length, speech latency, pauses, and

The Power C’s Recap

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The first week of Workstation was full of productive dialogue and building connections with others. Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, Associate Professor in the UTC Department of Health and Human Performance, led “The Power C’s” series.  At 8:30 a.m. every day last week, Shewanee shared tips—all starting with the letter C—on how to have a healthier work from home experience.The topics ranged from calmness to collaboration, creating a family household plan

Staying Fit While Staying Home: Quarantine Fitness Tips

woman lifting weights

In a world that is constantly changing, we are all looking for stability, positivity, and ways to stay motivated. Research shows that exercising regularly can boost your mood as you release “feel-good” endorphins and forget worries. Personally, I am used to working out at the gym four days a week and adhering to a strength training program, so working out at home has been an adjustment. If you are