July 7, 2020



Well-Managed Time

Each EmpowerED 3.2.1 features a brief summary of my musings about and learning from multiple disciplines as they apply to leadership in education. 


3 Big Ideas

  1. “We all have the same 24-hours in a day. Why does it seem that some people are able to get more out of every minute of the day? Believe it or not, they don’t have the power to slow down time. They do, however, know how to properly manage their time,” states John Ramptom of Forbes. If you want to know how you can become a master of time management as well start by checking out John’s 20 Super Powerful Time Management Tips. My five favorite are: 
    * Spend mornings on MIT’s (Most Important Tasks).
    * Eliminate half-work by eliminating distractions when working on important tasks.
    * Change your schedule by getting up 30 minutes earlier to get the most from the day.
    * Just say “NO” when your plate is full. Don’t take on more than you can do effectively.
    * Don’t waste time waiting; take reading material or your tablet to appointments where you might wait.

  2. Grading student’s work, managing student behavior, and organizing classroom space effectively lead to well-managed instructional time. Here are a few resources to help:  For ideas on different types of formative assessments, check out “56 Examples of Formative Assessments.” Having proactive measures in place to diffuse difficult situations before they happen can really help. Try “Six Simple, Proven Ways to Reach Your Most Difficult Student” for some creative ideas.  Organizing areas in your room for specific items such as: completed student work, work for absent students, papers to be used each day, papers that need copied, items needing lamination, etc. Find organizing resources for any time of year at “15 Marvelous Classroom Organization Tips for Back-to-School.”


  3. Better time-use skills could reduce the pressures on students as noted in Education Week’s opinion piece by Brad Aeon, a time-management researcher and expert at Concordia University in Montreal. Be sure to notice the sidebar set of articles on time Tick Tock Teach: Why Schools Can’t Beat the Clock. Check out Brad’s  TEDx Talk on the philosophy of time management. It’s really thoughtful, especially if you think you don;t have time!



“The key is not spending time, but investing it.”
–  Stephen Covey


“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs,
it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
– Mark Twain



1 Question

Will you fill whatever lifetime you have left with time management techniques and shortcuts or will you see time management as a way to infuse your life with meaning and purpose?”
       – Brad Aeon, The Philosophy of Time Management | TEDxConcordia 



About the Author: Marcia Baldanza is also the author of Professional Practices, a Just ASK Senior Consultant. and adjunct professor at Virginia Tech. Until recently she worked for the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, where she was an Area Director for School Reform and Accountability; prior to that she was Director of Federal and State Programs.


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