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Get Organized! : Time Management for School Leaders

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In today's world, we're often overwhelmed by our digital devices, stacks of paper, and constant interruptions. Get Organized! outlines a complete organizational system for the busy school leader. Providing you with simple tools and techniques to bring order and control to your personal and professional life, this book will increase your productivity and decrease your stress. With Get Organized! you can spend your time on what matters most-your school and your students.


Special Features:








Includes easy to implement ideas, at little or no cost-you can start right away!







Each chapter contains practical tips and tools, listing exactly what to do in order to implement the strategy.







This entirely updated edition provides digital strategies and tips for thriving in the Information Age.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10.16mm | 227g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 34 Line drawings, black and white; 1 Halftones, black and white
  • 1138852708
  • 9781138852709
  • 1,202,306

Table of contents

About the Author


Dedication


Preface


Chapter 1 Clear Your Desk


Is His Day Like Your Day?


Are You a School Leader?


Time: Friend or Foe?


A Simple Solution


Creating a Tickler File


The Tickler File in Action


Other Examples


Forgetting is a Good Thing


The Paper Workflow


Let's Tackle the Rest of the Desk


Let's Tackle the Rest of the Office (or Classroom)


An "L-Shaped" Desk


Prepare Tomorrow Today


My First-Year Secret Weapon


Summary: Your Desk is Clear and So Is Your Thinking


Chapter 2 Your Signature Tool


What is a "Signature Tool"?


Why You Should Use a Digital Tool


An Organized Task List


A Task List That Gets Done


The Calendar


A Very Complete Contacts List


A Wealth of Reference Material


Our Love/Hate Relationship with Email


Summary: You Only Have One Place to Look


Chapter 3 Handling Repeating Tasks


Setting Up a Repeating Task System


Who Can Help? The Art of Delegation


Expanding the Repeating Task List Throughout the Organization


Summary: Do the Thinking One Time and Let the System Handle the Rest


Chapter 4 Managing the Flood of Incoming Information


Documentation


Email


Let's Begin Getting In to Empty


Voice Input


Summary: Surf the Wave Instead of Drowning in the Flood


Chapter 5 Handling Multiple Projects


Projects are Different


Project Execution: The GPS of Life


Define the Goal


Break the Project into Small Steps


Put the Next Steps and the Related Goal on the Task List


Keep Related Information with the Project


Stick With a Project as Long as You Can


Put a Bookmark in the Project


Organize the Supporting Material


Summary: Build a Reputation for "Staying on Top of Things"


Chapter 6 Where Do I Put It?...It's Paper


Fingertip Files


Current Projects


Reference Files


Off-Site Storage


File It the Way You Find It


Summary: Paper is Not the Enemy-Lack of a System Is


Chapter 7 Where Do I Put It?...It's Digital


The Computer Desktop


Documents


Fingertip Files


Current Projects


"Cloud" Storage


Using Multiple Cloud Services


Backing-Up Your Files


Summary: It's Only of Value if You Can Find It Quickly


Chapter 8 Evernote Made Easy


A Day in the Life of the Evernote User


The Case for Evernote


Getting Started


What Notebooks Do You Need?


Stacks, Notebooks, and Tags


Returning to Linda's Day: Lesson Plans in Evernote


Designing Your Own System


Digital Documents versus Digital Notes


Summary: Your Notes Just Became More Valuable


Chapter 9 Putting it All Together: Mindy's Math Dilemma


The Goal and the Next Step


The Initial Meeting


Project Planning


When the Dance is Over


Total Control and Peace of Mind


Chapter 10 Time is My Friend


References
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Review quote

"From organizing your tasks to managing your inbox, Get Organized! is filled with practical tips you can implement today. Now that I've read the book, I'm more organized, relaxed, and focused because I know how to have everything in place. If you are overwhelmed by all you have to do, this book is for you."





--Barbara R. Blackburn, author of 15 books, including Motivating Struggling Learners: 10 Ways to Build Student Success








"Is it time to get your life back? In the ten minutes it takes to read (and the one hour it takes to implement) even the first chapter of Get Organized!, you'll gain a sense of ease and control over your workload. As a former high school teacher, I wish I had been given this book the week before I started my teaching career. Read it today, and regain time-and your life- tomorrow."





--Jason W. Womack, Author, Your Best Just Got Better


"This book is like having a private consultation with an amazing organization guru. Anyone can get organized, simply by reading Dr. Buck's book, thanks to the easy concise instructions that will quickly change your life for the better!"



--Pattie Thomas, Principal of Raymond. L. Young Elementary School, AL


"While Get Organized! Time Management for School Leaders is a relatively quick read, it will instantly become your go-to manual as you look to increase your most valuable resource in education: Time."


--Michael Janatovich, Middleweb


"Buck is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable writer, and I hope that Get Organized! soon becomes required reading in education and administrative classes. Wouldn't it be wonderful to begin a new career or assignment well organized? Time is of the essence."

--Dr. Mary Langer Thompson, Middleweb
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About Frank Buck

Frank Buck is an education consultant to schools and businesses. He has served as a central office administrator, principal, assistant principal, and band director during a career in education spanning almost 30 years. Dr. Buck writes a weekly newspaper column, maintains an active blog, and regularly presents at national conferences, including ASCD, Learning Forward, AMLE, NAESP, and Staff Development for Educators.
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