Reflect on the one major goal I want to achieve for the day.
I use Google Keep to keep track of all of my lists and refer to them throughout the day, but it's really helpful to start the day off by thinking of the one major thing I want to accomplish by the end of the day. I like Google Keep because I can switch between my work/personal accounts easily and have access on any device. I also like how I can change the color of the notes and use check boxes. There's only so many features which makes it easy to focus on what you need to do and not spending a lot of time on formatting.
I sort my work account according to the 5 categories of projects to keep track of what I'm working on and things I need to remember. I also include notes for specific people like my boss, student workers, and colleagues that I usually interact with so I can keep track of things I don't want to forget to ask them when I see or speak with them.
Check my calendar
I'm lost without my calendar! I have to put all of my meetings, events, birthdays, and even when I get paid on my calendar or I will lose track of what's going on. I check my calendar in the morning to get a snapshot of what my day looks like. I also keep that tab open all day and have the Gmail plugin enabled to have the calendar agenda displayed on the left side of my inbox. And even then, I find that I will write post-its for myself if it's a super busy day or there's something I'm worried about missing. I'll refer to my calendar throughout the day to make sure I'm on track and I'll also make sure to spend time in the afternoon or before I leave for the day so I can get a head start on what I need to set up for the next day or the week.
Check my email
"Email is what somebody else needs; it's not what you need."
I think I've finally found the winning strategy to manage my inboxes without losing my mind! I've gotten rid of ALL of the emails clogging up my tabs by setting up filters. I am committing to leaving each day with an email count of zero. All issues that I will be working on before responding are going to be added to my Google Keep notes as a pinned note at the top or to one of my previously defined categories.
These are the tabs I use:
The asterisks are added so that these labels appear at the top of my list. It makes them easy to see instead of getting lost in the clutter of all the other labels that were imported over from the Lotus Notes days...
It only took about 2 hours to sort out the 20,000 emails that were clogging up my inbox and stressing me out! Tip: you can create multiple filters at one time! Now, we'll see how well trying to keep a zero inbox works out...
I have 4 other corporate accounts I manage at work or have access to, but all of those won't need as much work because I'm not the only person using them. I just need to work on sorting the 10 other personal accounts I have... One day at a time!
End of the day reflection
At the end of the day I like to take a little time to write up the highlights of what I worked on during the day, this helps to keep me accountable and my projects on track. I frequently look over my goals for the week and reflect on the state of the projects I'm working on. And just like I took time at the beginning of my day to think about what the most important thing to accomplish for the day is, I like to end the day with thinking about whether or not I did and why/how. Reflection is the fundamental key to the Ignatian Pedagogy Paradigm. I've learned a lot about Ignatian Pedagogy working at a Jesuit university, but I also recommend this method to teachers at any institution. The more we can incorporate reflection into our daily lives the better we and our students are for it.
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