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My "to do" list this week:

I am noticing that each day I am bumping some of the same items to the next day because there just WASN'T ENOUGH TIME. It feels like my daily experience. I have so much to do with so little time, and it's just me here in the IMC.

As I sit here and ponder my "to do", I have to ask myself what is the priority? How do I know what to attack first?

There are lots of books and Websites out there about time management and setting priorities. The priority matrix is an example that I see time and time again. There is also GTD, which I actually use to a small degree.

But the more I think about it, the more I realize that it really comes down to one thing...which of my "to dos" is most important for STUDENT LEARNING and STUDENT SUCCESS? Which ones will  impact my students' love of reading? Because isn't that the point?

When I examine my list through the lens of student success, I can look at my list and eliminate some options (or relegate them to the "someday" list) right off the bat. I can then focus on the items that align most closely with my goals.

That being said, I obviously have to take care of administrative tasks that would cause problems for students and teachers, even if they don't directly impact learning. I have to keep up with inventory, late notices, and scheduling. I have to respond to emails and deal with paperwork. But the bulk of my time really should be focused on what is best for my students. Because after all, they ARE the priority.


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