I understand that every profession works hard, and most people constantly have running to-do lists (even if it’s just in their heads). I feel that I can safely argue, however, that teachers worth their salt are some of the busiest people out there, and many people (not just teachers) struggle with organization and stress. How do we get all this done?
After exploring David Allen’s Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, I took some time to examine how I organize myself to be at my most productive. I noticed two things…1) I make a lot of lists, and 2) I should probably keep an electronic form of a calendar/list instead of scribbling in my scruffy day planner–how can I make that transition?
My lists tend to end up on GoogleDrive. I have folders for everything, and the part that makes me the happiest is that I can color code and archive my files without taking up space on my computer. Another plus of using GoogleDrive is that I can access my account from any computer (from anywhere, Mac or PC) without an app, just the internet. The format of GoogleDrive is much like Microsoft Office, so having grown up with Word, etc. it was easy for me to learn how to use. I also frequently share documents with my teaching teammates so that we can make sure we’re keeping our classes on a similar pace/page.
So I feel like I’ve got the “list” part of stress-free productivity down. However…
I have to say, my scruffy planner works for me. However, being a proud iPad owner and considering myself a digital native, it may be time to adopt a more tech savvy version. Perhaps I should just update my Google Calendar…but then again, why not explore something new while I’m at it?
I’ve never used it, but I’m intrigued. I think the reason that I have shied away from organizational apps is because (much like a digital paleolith) I have my system and I like it. I will now attempt to expand my organizational horizons.
It seems that there are many pluses to using Evernote. Unlike GoogleDrive, it would not require the internet for me to access it, and I can use it on my iPad and my Mac…perhaps not my school PC because I don’t have permission to download things like that. I would also be able to back everything up in a cloud so I would never lose any of my work. The searchable function would certainly come in handy. Perhaps my students would even want it on their iPads and we could use it as a class to practice organization and productivity.
In short, I generally feel that organization has always been one of my strong suits. However, there is always room for improvement, and Evernote seems like a great way to strive for improvement.
Plus it has a picture of an elephant on it, and I like elephants.