Because I had engaged in an accidental half sabbath a few days before the “National Day of Unplugging” this past weekend, I was confident in my ability to make it through the 24 hours. I also felt supported by others who had taken the pledge, including a couple of UCM team members. What surprised me was how I felt at the end of the period. I didn’t pick up my phone for an hour or so after sundown and didn’t really spend too much time with it. I scanned my email accounts, responded to one message and returned a phone call to my daughter. Now, a couple of days later, though I’m still very connected, I don’t feel quite as attached to my devices. Soft music over morning meals has become a daily habit just as getting up and going to WellWorks. Even on Mondays, it is something I no longer contemplate or debate. I’ve decided that rather than checking email constantly, I’m going to review and respond a few times a day. Forming this new relationship will enable me to be more productive and less distracted.
A few months ago, UCM distributed a survey internally to gauge the perception of the department among the University community. In addition to gaining a better understanding of the needs and expectations of the colleges, departments, and units we serve, it also enabled us to begin looking at ways to form new relationships with key stakeholders. Every day, UCM is focused on producing projects and initiatives that elevate the national profile of the University. By forming new relationships internally and externally, we can deliver on that mission.