How to be an Organized Principal or Teacher

Running an exemplary school is no easy task.  It takes lots of work and dedication.  It also takes someone who is very organized and can multi-task every moment of the day.  No day is ever the same for me.  I never know what to expect unless it is something scheduled on my calendar.  99% of the time I'm the first one on campus and the last to leave with the exception of my head custodian.

Here are a few things I have learned over the years about being organized or a few things I can't live without.

1.  Dropbox- Dropbox makes my life easier.  If I'm working on files, I can drop them in a "space" drive and work on them from home.  Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

2.  The Leadership Test-  This quote keeps me grounded.  When I'm having a hard day, I read this to keep me going.  Are you doing the right thing everyday?
You can download The Leadership Test Poster here.  Enjoy!

3.  Rule #1  File it or throw it away.  If you ever want to find it again, it has to be filed.  I have a unique file system.  I don't alphabetize all my files.  Instead, I have a file drawer for state accountability and testing, a file drawer for teacher folders and evaluations and the ordinary drawer with the typical alphabetical files.  I love colorful and creative file folders.  I hate the manilla ones.  Too plain for me.  The files that stay on my desk are files that I need daily.  All of the immediate documents are in the "pretty" file folders.  

4.  Take Notes- I know this may sound crazy to you but I keep a journal on my desk and write everything down throughout the day or at the end of the day.  Well, not everything but you know the big things.  It isn't a composition but just a sentence or two about something that I feel is necessary to remember.  I date it so I know when it happened.  It has been useful to me later down the road when I can't remember all the details of a conversation, or event or problem that I handled. The last time I went to Staples I bought 6 of them.  Never know when you might need one.  

5.  I love my iPad.  My iPad is always with me.  I use the calendar to keep up with all my dates.  I take notes on the notepad and return or check emails.  I also use my iPad as a great tool during my presentations and trainings.  Instead of standing in the back of the room, my iPad allows me to advance through my powerpoint slides and allows me the freedom to walk around the room.  You can also use your iPhone too.  All you need to do is download the app on the iPad or iPhone then a streamer on the computer.  It sounds hard...but it really isn't.  Go check this out.  EVERY teacher on my campus has ipads and I purchased this app for them.  Classroom instruction is fabulous with technology!

Ok so what do you have that you can share that keeps you organized.  Let's Link up:

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