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Magazine Issue 43: Having More Time
January 2014

This month ideas about and techniques for Having More Time

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Having More Time

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Having More Time An Article about time management.

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Time Management
Chances are you don't believe you have enough time to do the things you need to do each day. Whether you actually do have the hours you want is another matter. It all comes down to effectiveness.

Efficient vs Effective
Efficient people plan, accomplish and are in control. So do effective people but with one difference. Effective people chose the right tasks. Efficiency is doing tasks well. Effectiveness is doing the right tasks well. Which tasks are the right ones? Simple. The ones that help you achieve your goals.

Goals and their Avoidance
Goal setting is addressed elsewhere. But once you've got your goals, their associated tasks need priorotising. Brian Tracy recommends eating your frog every day. What is your frog? Well it's the one task that you invest the most energy and intelligence into avoiding, yet the one that will move you fastest towards your goal. How do you find it? Write down everything you need to do. Rank the tasks A-D for importance, then sub-rank the As: A1, A2, A3 etc. Decide importance by considering the consequences of not doing a task. The higher the consequence, the higher the importance. Once you've got your A1 (frog) do it first. If you don't, then Cs and Ds will fill your day.

Email
Without doubt, one of the world's greatest gifts and biggest time-curses. Tim Ferris recommends checking it only twice a day - at midday and 4pm - and letting your contacts know that's how you operate. That way they'll trust you to read their messages but be prepared for a delayed response. During your two checking sessions be ruthless. Swiftly categorise each message as important or urgent, both or neither. Do the important and urgent first, urgent next, then important and then delete the rest. Try it for 5 days and see if you feel a burden lifted.

Fear
Here's why you won't try it. Fear. Fear of what will happen if that one urgent and important email is not answered within 30 seconds of its arrival. If that's the case for you then clearly define the worst case scenario and your response plan. ie face the exact nature of what scares you, imagine it's happened and have a plan in place. Then do a quick calculation: "Is the time I'll save by reducing my email checking greater than the time this one emergency plan would take?" Then commit.

300 Hours
Brian Tracy suggests that at any time, every person has at least 300 hours of 'stuff to do' in their life. Once tasks are done, more appear. Bad news if you're a  finisher. Good news if you want to become more efficient. Work will expand to fill time available so another way to increase effectiveness is to reduce, and strictly enforce, the time you give yourself for each task.

Sorry I've rambled on. I gave myself an exact number of minutes to write this and decided that I would stop exactly on t

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Like Mind Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for sharing and comparing ideas.

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Tags: Creative Thinking Collaboration
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Like Mind Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, for Like Mind Thinking including Science and Literacy examples.

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Mathematics Think Sheet - General A Think Sheet to engage pupils with Mathematical operations and calculation.

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Numeracy Think Sheet - Number and Pattern A Think Sheet using images to help pupils think in detail about patterns and number. Suitable for Junior and more able infant pupils.

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Numeracy Think Sheet - Counting On

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Previous Related Articles on Success, Reward, Motivation

The Truth About Success

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The Truth About Success An Article that will inspire you to think about the real meaning of success: about its breadth, depth and height and how an enriched mindset about success can help your pupils achieve more.

Success is dependent on effort. 
Sophocles

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

What is success? What does it have to do with standards? And how does it show itself in the classroom?

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Categories: Article, Educators, Skills-Based Learning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Success Mindset Multiple Intelligences Dweck Gardner

Reward, Habit and Motivation

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Reward, Habit and Motivation An Article to take your thinking further around habit, reward, motivation in school.

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Other Subject, All Ages, Educators

Tags: Motivation Personal Development Personalised Learning


Books:

Eat That Frog
by Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog<br>by Brian Tracy List then rank every task you have to do today - A1, A2, A3...B1, B2...C1, C2, C3 etc. A1 is your frog. Eat (do) it now! Otherwise you'll spend the rest of the day on the Cs. And Ds (checking email/making another coffee).

This is the most effective time management idea I've ever used. It's simple and sustainable and many of the folks with whom I work have used it to raise their productivity and effectiveness in school. It's a short read (as all time management books should be) that shows you how to find your frogs and how to put good habits into place. Find out how to do what matters most, first.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development

Tags: Effectiveness



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