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Friday, November 13, 2015

Help with Organization and Time Management

Help with Organization and Time Management, Evernote, 30/30 App

Being organized is always a chore for me, and so is time management. I am constantly looking for help in these two areas. I have found 2 apps that work for me. They don't cure my unorganized mess or my distracted self, but they help.

1) Evernote
  • I can organize my thoughts and ideas by using their stacks, notebooks, notes, and tags.
  • I can share so much to Evernote. I can save things like pictures and on-line articles. I just hit the share to Evernote. I just downloaded the Evernote Web Clipper to my internet toolbar.
  • It syncs between my computer and iPad. (No iPhone here, but it would sync there as well.)
  • If you get something in the wrong notebook, it is super easy to move. (This happens to me all the time!)
  • You can share your Evernote items with others.
  • It is FREE! There is a paid version that does more, but right now the free version is working for me.
  • I was able to use Evernote when I was teaching as well. I set up a notebook for each class and a note for each student. Using my iPad, I could go in and make notes on students (behavior, academics, goals, etc.).  If you want a table, you will need to use the desktop version to create. Then it will show up on your iPad.
2) 30/30

When I started working at home, I was quite distracted with emails, Facebook, and everything else. I needed a timer to help me stay on track and meet my goals. I downloaded several time management apps. The one I liked the best was 30/30.
  • You can have multiple schedules.
  • You name each item in your schedule, choose an icon, choose a color, and set a time amount for the task.
  • You can rearrange tasks in your schedule.
  • When the task is finished, it chimes to let you know so you don't have to constantly watch the clock. 
  • I used it to set my schedule for the day and include breaks. I can go hours with working and forget to get up and stretch or go to the bathroom.
  • You can use this in the classroom to help with your daily schedule or part of your schedule. I used to have days where we would do math stations. I could have used this to keep us on track and moving to new stations when the time came.
  • It is FREE! There are in-app purchases available, but the free version works for my schedule.
If you are looking for organization and/or time management apps, I highly suggest these two. They can be found in the App Store. You might want to look at some others and compare to see which fits your needs.

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