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Redesigning Our Lives

For the past few months, my newspaper students have been planning a re-design of their website. They poured over possible layouts, templates, video components and social media plugins. Our online editor Jenn has worked tirelessly to make sure that the best laid plans became a reality.

 Jenn worked hard. The staff worked hard. And, in the end, the site was launched this week. The hard work and hours of planning resulted in a major change in how their news site functions.

 After witnessing their efforts firsthand, I began to wonder about other “things” we could re-design. Our staff manual. Our policies and procedures. Our copy editing processes.

 Our lives.

At a time in the semester when I’m running ragged prepping for classes, training new staffers and planning out the semester’s objectives, a re-design would be ideal. How can I change my own schedule, plans, processes, etc.?

If I could design my dream life, what would it look like? What would I change? What would I keep the same?

I’m not yet sure where to begin with my own re-design, but I’m hoping that I can draw from the inspiration I get from my students to begin devising a plan.

What would your re-design look like?


– Shannon Philpott
Blog Entry: Jan. 28, 2010

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1 thought on “Redesigning Our Lives”

  1. Thanks Shannon! Sometimes I wish I would put as much effort into redesigning my life as I did the website. Either way, the website looks great! One project down, now lets conquer the next – the photo equipment! *dun dun duuuuuuun* 🙂

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