Getting Things Done, Oh What A Feeling!

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I found this week’s Learn activities very intriguing and invigorating at the same time.  Onlookers on the outside of the educational world see educators as working 8 AM to 3 PM.  We all know this just simply isn’t true.  There’s much more involved, leaving little time for other things.  In this week’s video, “The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” presented by David Allen, a productivity guru, he states that we have the time to get things done, we just need to have “appropriate engagement” in order to put those to-do lists into action.  The best way to appropriately engage is to unload everything that is on your mind in some form of list, determine active decisions, and course your action effectively.  To help me “Get Things Done”, I chose Springpad.

Springpad is amazing and so applicable to my life.  I highly recommend the free website, equipped with apps for syncing all your notebooks, tasks, links, videos, and more!  I started by creating an account and setting up my first notebook “Getting Things Done”.  Within that notebook I started a checklist, where I completed the first step of Allen’s productivity lesson.  I ended up with over 50 items that I needed to do, just in the upcoming week!  I found this a bit overwhelming until I was able to determine if each task was actionable or not.  The items I could do in less than two minutes, I did, and was able to check them off my list right away.  The items that I needed to defer to a later time, I chose a date and put that in as a Spring task in my Getting Things Done Notebook as well as an item on my Google Calendar.  The amount of things I was able to do and plan to do in such a short period of time made me feel so accomplished and at ease with what seemed like an overwhelming and daunting list of 50 items for completion.

Springpad was very simple to use and I can’t wait to create more notebooks.  I find this especially beneficial to educators with many “irons in the fire” and plan on sharing this resource with my PLN.  One of my favorite parts is the fact that you can add links and videos to different notebooks along with your own notebooks.  Your notes, links, videos, books, places, and more are organized all in one spot for you.

To continue my use of Springpad, I plan on creating a book of tech resources I’ve discovered in this class along with links to each resource and a short YouTube video that serves as a refresher or tutorial for that particular resource.  I’ve also created a notebook devoted to my Network Learning Project with links, YouTube videos, and help forums that I’ve been using to teach myself how to play “You Are My Sunshine” on the piano.  I also plan to use this resource to organize my lesson plan supplemental resources.  I can create a notebook for each unit and attach different resources specific to that unit within the notebook whether it be videos, links, preparation lists, etc.  It is such a great way to keep everything organized!

I love that I can use it on my phone to add different items, my iPad, and my computer.  It’s accessibility is awesome and the possibilities are endless!  I encourage everyone to check it out and GET THINGS DONE!

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