Time Management

Looking backwards, looking forwards

For years, I’ve been planning my life by weeks. Before my work week starts on Monday, I write down my list of personal and professional priorities for the next 7 days. Then I can think about when, over the next 7 days, I will tackle those tasks.
Over the past year or so, though, I’ve started shifting when I do this weekly review/planning session. This is partl… read more »

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 »

My week: The highs, the lows

I logged my time again last week again. I could make an argument that it wasn’t typical in the sense that I didn’t work Monday (our nanny was on vacation). But long-time readers will not be surprised to learn that, despite the day “off,” I still worked…wait for it…49.5 hours.
In other words, despite the week being atypical, my work total f… 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 »