Kelly Christopherson, who I follow on Twitter, posted a blogging challenge. I thought this was a good way to start writing again. My blogging has been sporadic the last few years for an assortment of reasons. I’m not in a classroom situation any more which means that I’m not working with students to use technology. Last year I worked with a grade six class to begin blogging but the class only worked on their blogs once a week when I was with them. My hope was that the classroom teacher would embrace the blog as a way for her class to complete assignments and connect with peers. This school year meant another change and I’m slowly starting to feel comfortable in my new school. If I’m there next year I would love to work with teachers and students in using technology in their classrooms.
The topic for this week is Organization/Productivity – tools you use. Share how you stay organized and the tools you use to manage your time and focus on being productive.
I have to admit that I’m still a paper agenda person. I like putting my pencil to paper and being to able to flip through the pages of my agenda. I occasionally use my iPhone’s calendar to record appointments but when I get home I put the appointment on the calendar on the fridge then once I’m at work it goes into my agenda. The calendar on the fridge allows family to see when we have appointments.
Once in a while I have used the sticky note feature on my desktop but I prefer little yellow sticky notes that I can write reminders on. I sometimes carry the sticky notes with me when I’m completing a task so I don’t forget what I wanted to do.
I also write my to-do list in a book. There is something incredibly satisfying about crossing off an item on my list that I have completed.
Obviously I have not embraced technology to manage my time and paper makes me happy for notes and reminders. Maybe I’ll use my phone a bit more this year. Who knows….. it’s only February so anything could happen!