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Summary:

  1. Block schedule planning time into as few sessions as possible.
  2. Have a to-do bin where you put all of your mail, filings, and any other papers that need to be dealt with.  Schedule a time to clean out the bin weekly.
  3. Tidy your office for 5 minutes each day when you walk in the door.
  4. Batch repeated tasks and schedule them.  For example, check email as few times as possible and schedule a time to go through your in-box.
  5. Have a running to do list where you add things that need to be done.  Prioritize the list each time you add a new item and at the end of each day.
  6. Whenever you find time to plan (planning time or when a student is absent), go straight to the first thing on your to-do list and get working!
  7. Make checklists for tasks that you do frequently, like writing IEPs.
  8. Make a note of where you left off when you get interrupted in the middle of a task.
  9. Post a sign on your door that says “Do Not Disturb” during your planning time.
  10. Set an agenda ahead of time for all meetings and collaborations.