5 Creative Ways to Get Work Done in K-12
The day of a school administrator can be very hectic. How many times have you been planning a curriculum workshop and are called away to handle a building maintenance issue? You might also be visiting a classroom to observe a new teacher and have to leave because of disciplinary problems on the playground. With all of these responsibilities and constant interruptions, how can you possibly get anything accomplished?
I’m sure you’ve seen a myriad of books on the topic of time management; however, these techniques may or may not work for school administrators. Here are a few creative tips to help you get more work done during the school day.
Get Out of the Office
You’re a dedicated leader so you always want to be available. However, distractions can be a real time-waster. Have lots of paperwork to do? Get out of the office. This doesn’t mean that you have to leave the building. You can go to an empty classroom or find a nice quiet place outdoors to work.
Time to Kill
How many times have you been sitting in the conference room waiting for a meeting to start? Think about using the time before the meeting to accomplish a few things. If you have a tablet, you can answer a few e-mails and take these off of your to-do list. To accomplish even more, you should pack a meeting bag to take with you. This should include 2-3 things that you can do in less than 10 minutes. Some ideas include articles that you need to read, reviewing or looking over field trip requests or approving vacation time.
Do Tasks You Dread First
Do you have that one project that you keep moving to the bottom of your to-do list? Possibly it’s something that you view as overwhelming or it’s something you just don’t enjoy doing. Instead of procrastinating, you should make this task a priority. Think about how awesome you will feel when it’s done. You can also reward yourself with a latte or smoothie when the task is finished.
Get Off the Grid Sometimes
Today’s administrator is bombarded with communication via cell phones and e-mails. Having cell phones and e-mail has both its advantages and disadvantages. Although some immediate contact is crucial, most can wait an hour or two. Getting off the grid is an easy way to have a more productive day. Schedule your off the grid time daily. During this time you can work on projects, plan your day or set goals for the school or district.
Do Similar Tasks Together
When you’re planning your day, be sure to schedule similar tasks at the same time. This will make them both easier and faster to do because you’ll be able to stay focused. For example, you can organize your work according to – personnel, meeting planning, finances, responding to communications, or working on curricula.
Implement these creative strategies in your day to become more productive. You can also share these tips with your staff to help them in better managing and getting their work accomplished.