Being a teacher requires
some type a lot of organization. I find that when I am not organized, my whole day is thrown off (a little OCD much?). However, between teaching full time, blogging on this site and being a wife to my sweet husband, I find that I easily forget the things I don’t write down. I’m no expert in this area (by any means) but I have found a few things that actually work for me to stay on track. Below you will see my tips on how I get things done at work & home and little things that help me stay organized from day to day.
The List- Now, I am totally the type of person who has to write everything down. I get some kind of satisfaction from writing and crossing items off my list when completed. Any one else out there? But I once was told that sometimes, you just need to do rather than waste time thinking about my next move. For instance, make a mental list and start taking action before having to write it all down. I’ve noticed that when I wake up with a mental “to-do list” I am far more motivated and successful at getting things done than actually planning each step. There’s something to be said about the list, but sometimes, you just gotta go and GSD.
3-5 Goals- Weather I write a list or not, I do like to set some goals for the day. This keeps me motivated and on the right track to finishing important tasks. I limit it to 3-5 tasks simply because more can feel overwhelming. I have to remind myself that I want my goals to be manageable and realistic.
The Calendar- To write or type? For me, I love to write everything down. Each year I get excited to pick out new planners like this one from Kate Spade or this version from Graphic Image. However, there have been numerous times when I need to “check my schedule” and oops, left my planner at home! This is when my husband usually pushes me to go digital. I haven’t made the switch yet, but my goal is to eventually have everything on my Google Calendar and on my iPhone. Going digital is nice because you can sync your calendar with others and if you always have your phone on hand, then so is your calendar.
A Small Zipper Pouch- My little Gigi New York Zipper p\Pouch is the one things that keeps my purse from being a complete mess. It’s the perfect companion for my business cards, lipgloss (Chanel in Seashell) and even jewelry, like my favorite Kendra Scott Earrings and Reece Blaire Bangles. This is perfect to throw in your bag and go, all while keeping your accessories together and organized. I use this daily!
The Teacher Anchor- To all my teacher friends, you need to head on over and check out C. Jayne Teach. This gal is amazing and sure knows how to make it easy for teachers to stay organized. You may remember my post last year about her products, but The Teacher Anchor is a tool that I use daily when writing my schedule, lesson plans, or anecdotal notes. I also love that it has a spot for substitute plans and parent information. Chandra thought of everything when creating The Teacher Anchor and I love having all this information in one place. This is a must for keeping an organized classroom and happy teacher!
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