I hope I'm not the only one who feels scattered at the beginning of the year. Today I got up all ready to go to yoga and drove to the wrong studio location. Then, a few hours later I drove almost all the way to a friend's house for her son's birthday party before I realized it is next Sunday. It was not my day!
I spent the afternoon and evening trying to organize and get ready for the week. I am starting my PhD this fall, working, and trying to work out/eat well. I am still working on the best way to organize it all and allocate my time to get homework done, reading, and still have time for blogging and products. Apparently today, I was scattered and had too much swirling in my brain.
A couple weeks ago, I went to the orientation for my PhD and heard all about the dissertation process and the different qualifying exams I will have to take along the way. I essentially need to take notes in every class with the assumption I will see the information on a test in a couple years. I need to take careful notes on all of my readings with the same assumption. I am planning on using Evernote to organize my graduate notes since I can access it from my iPad, my PC at home, and my Mac at work. At the same time, I have to take notes on paper. I just do. I was trying to toy with the idea of just using my iPad to organize me and let the paper planner go, but I'm not sure I'm there yet or ever will be. For today I put all due dates in my Erin Condren Life Planner and my iPad.
I do want to utilize my iPad a lot more this year, though. I like to use www.planbook.com for lesson planning, and they have an iPad app now. Mastery Connect makes it so easy to pull up the Common Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards with their apps.
We'll see how it goes. Hopefully as each week goes by I will feel a little less scattered. I am going to be using www.edmodo.com with my students this year, and Edmodo has an iPad app. My students will use Edmodo on their laptops as their planner. I will still probably offer a paper planner if any students prefer to use paper, but we are going to start with Edmodo.
We actually use a lot of websites all the time, and many of them have lots of different usernames and passwords. Last year I grabbed a little freebie form from a blog to help keep track of those usernames and passwords. It came in really handy to keep in the front of our binders, so I made one for this year.
The Website Tracker will help us stay a little more organized. You can get a copy here for free.
How do keep from feeling too overwhelmed and scattered at the beginning of the school year?