Probably not. No teacher has the perfect solution. Papers are everywhere, you can’t find that blue sticky note that was days ago next to your computer screen. Your grocery list is likely buried under a stack of papers that if you don’t find it soon, you’ll forget it and the coupons that are paper clipped to it will expire. What’s with all the paper? Lesson planning. Yes, it’s that time of year where you pull everything out and get ready for a new school year. How do you decide what needs to get done first? You make a list or two.
Here are a few ways to organize your To-Do Lists…
The Sticky Note Organizer
Pros: I am big fan of using sticky notes. They come in all shapes, color and sizes. They are easy to use for single thoughts and reminders. I love the tab sticky notes for keeping track of places in binders or books. Cons: They tend to get lost, and forgotten about.
The Notebook Organizer
Pros: Keeping all your thoughts in one place, easy to take with you wherever you go. Holds all your important ideas, ongoing projects, and if you have any random thoughts you can write them here. Cons: You run out of paper and have to get a new notebook, or if you loose it there goes all your great ideas.
The Scribble Anywhere Organizer
Pros: Memo pads, bulletin board, calenders, random pieces of paper (like the back of receipts, you know you’ve done that) This works for some. Cons: You find yourself organizing your random thoughts and those receipts with your scribbled note are left in your jeans forgotten about.
The Smart Phone Organizer
Pros: Using a calender to syn to your phone that is usually with you always with you. You can update it from your computer, and mobile devices, set up alerts and you don’t have the paper trail. Cons: Setting up alerts, on top of your social media notifications. Possibly drains the battery faster.
The I’ll Make a List Organizer
Pros: Neat list you can check off when completed. Project completed, create a new list. These lists are detailed and easy to accomplish. Cons: Too many projects going on at once produce several lists.
The Ultimate Organizer
Pros: Have an everything organizer with fill ins that change every month. This way of organizing is color coded, everything has a place. Cons: Fill ins for organizer can be an expensive purchase.
Decide which type of organizer you are. Maybe you are combination of two or three. Figure out what works best for you. Organizing your to do list will save time and reduce stress during your week.
Enjoy this freebie, (click here) use it to get into the habit of writing lists that keep you organized.
My Organizer Type
I was once the scribble anywhere notebook type (okay I still do that) I use sticky note tabs to remind me to add the scribble to my to do list, sometimes it gets there. Oh, and I use colored pens and highlighters. What teacher do you know who doesn’t love pens!
My real organizing gets done in OneNote and I keep everything there. I can color code, label everything, create new sections within the notebook. Within each section I can add pages, all digitally. I can visual see it all, the tabs are dated. It makes my week run smoothly when I can see the current week, the following week in one place. I also add in all the subjects, projects, meal planning, and expenses. It is what works for me. I still use my notebook, and sticky notes it is still my preferred way of organizing.
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