Productivity

Getting up on time, part 2

Today was day 2 of waking up at 6 a.m. to work. As with Sunday, I showered at night, so I could pop up and get straight to work. I put on my fleece and grabbed my glasses, came downstairs, turned up the heat, started the coffee, and opened my laptop. That meant I was working by 6:05. I processed 4 time logs before I stopped at 7:25. I am getting more efficient. The first o… read more »

The statement necklace, and love letters to life hacks beyond Amazon Prime

I wrote a love letter to Amazon Prime last week. Then they raised the yearly rate by $20. Oh well, I still think it’s a bargain. This week I’m writing a love letter to various other things in my life that make my life much easier.
Stitch Fix. I am now on Fix number 7 or something like that. I keep basically everything they send me. Would I have picked it al… read more »

7 ways teachers keep it together — that the rest of us can use too

I’ve been enjoying reading through Maia Heyck-Merlin’s book, The Together Teacher — a time management tome aimed at the chalkboard set. Good teaching is all about how you manage your time. It’s also about how you manage your students’ time so they can learn a lot in the 180-ish school days that comprise a year.
Heyck-Merlin defines this Toget… read more »

A love letter to Amazon Prime

When I was at the Makers Conference a few weeks ago, Wendy Clark, SVP of Coca-Cola’s “Global Sparkling Brand Center,” talked about how she managed the care of her 3 kids and her rather large job. She obviously had childcare during the week, but confessed that for a while she’d thought she should do all the random other kid things hers… read more »

Snow days, time management, and chess

When our school district calls a snow day, the phone no longer rings at 5:30 a.m. Apparently they got a lot of complaints about the old rise-and-shine robo-call system. Now, if the district makes a game time decision to cancel classes, they just email us. But they’ve been emailing us a lot this winter. And that has reminded me of something I first realized a fe… read more »