I have just discovered a few new apps that I have been trialling over this long weekend. Besides my job as a preschool teacher and educational leader, I am developing teacher training programs and programs to share my best learnings with others.
There are so many things that interest me, but one area that I feel I would like most help with is managing my time – and I am sure I am not the only teacher who feels the same way.
I’m pretty confident that many teachers are feeling this as they return to their classroom space and settings once again and find that the ‘To-do’ pile is bursting at the seams, ready to be taken off hold.
Many things are pulling at my attention and I am aware of the sense of self imposed urgency that I have placed upon myself to complete a raft of tasks immediately!
My friend and creator of the fabulous Antplanner, Ildi Racz introduced me to the world of ‘improving your relationship with time’ over two years ago now. Her knowledge and insight of all things time related are very simple, but also very effective.
As I recently attended one of her online webinars through Antplanners.com it helped me to restore my sense of time, which has recently felt like to me like one of Spanish surrealist artist, Salvador Dali’s melting clocks!
Trying to return to a more balanced approach and using the Antplanner to guide me to navigate the same 24 hours and 7 days a week that everyone has, I wanted to get even more out of the time set aside for my many and varied tasks.
Downloading an app based on the key time management principles of the Pomodoro Technique, https://youtu.be/mNBmG24djoY I explored time cycles of productivity for 25 minutes solid work without distractions and then breaking for 5 minutes before repeating the cycle 3 more times.
Not rocket science, but very helpful nonetheless.
Anything that helps to increase productivity and allow me to set some little challenges to get on top of the fiddly bitsy jobs too is well worth the time to me!