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Jan 30 / EduTechDiva

Your New Year Calendar: Big Rocks First!

This blog post is the start of an ongoing series of personal/professional effectiveness tips (#PEtips) to help you become your Most Effective Self—the Empowered Warrior.

time blocks on calendar

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The start of a new year is the best time to really evaluate not only what’s on your calendar, but how you’re spending your time. Personal and professional effectiveness isn’t about cramming as much as possible into your day, but doing the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons. Are you spending your time on the right things—activities and effort that move you toward your personal or professional goals? If you don’t feel like this is true for you, then you might want to consider planning your time with using time-blocking, placing “Big Rocks First”, an approach made popular by Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Habit 3: Put First Things First, available to read at no cost to you in your Accelerate book library.)

Learn more ways to effectively plan and manage your time.
Check out the Big Rocks First for Warriors Learning Program in Accelerate.

You may find it helpful to look ahead and create a baseline calendar for yourself now before your schedule gets inundated with meetings, requests, and projects that may not necessarily step you closer to the most important things you need to accomplish in you day/week/month—including work tasks and the self-care that we often let slip to the wayside when we get overly busy. An example base calendar is shown below:

calendar with basic weekly time blocks reserved for important tasks

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Watch for more professional effectiveness tips (#PEtips) next month, courtesy of your friendly OE&CI Team.

Got a tip you want to share? Submit a tip online! Yours may be featured in an upcoming blog post.

Jan 25 / EduTechDiva

Accelerate: Your Ticket to a Great 2018!

Gear up for your best year yet with Accelerate—your 24 x 7 portal to thousands of books, videos, audiobooks, online courses, and quick reference guides on topics like computer applications, business certifications, leadership development, and much more! Find answers to your questions, develop your professional skills, and become your most effective self. Start exploring the content and resources available (at no cost) to all* WSU staff—download this flyer for more info and instructions.

steps to log into AccelerateTo access Accelerate:

  1. Log onto Academica (
  2. Click Employee Resources link under Resources.
  3. Click Other Resources.
  4. Click Accelerate Employee Development Tools.

(Always notify your manager or supervisor prior to registration and/or attendance of training.)

All eligible WSU employees have FREE access to thousands of online resources (courses, job aids, videos, certification, ebooks, etc.) in a wide variety of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Analysts Research
  • Business Skills
  • Government
  • Desktop Skills
  • Wellness
  • Engineering
  • IT Skills
  • Certification
  • WSU Systems

This is not a complete list as there are thousands of resources! There are so many opportunities to expand your skills for free. Check out these additional features and log on today!

  • User-friendly and searchable
  • Mobile friendly
  • User profile page – choose what information you want to share with other learners
  • Learning Community – Join an online community where you can locate the best learning resources recommended by your colleagues.

Are you a manager or Supervisor looking for custom training for your unit? Find out what Accelerate can do for you. Call the office of Organizational Effectiveness & Continuous Improvement today!

(313) 577-2111  |

*Accelerate is available to all benefited WSU employees with at least 50% assignment. If you are experiencing technical issues, please refer to Tech Solutions Knowledge Base or contact the office of Organizational Effectiveness & Continuous Improvement.