In a previous post, I shared my End of Year Checklist. Using the checklist, you can organize your tasks by categories. Once you do that, you’ll notice that some of your “to-do’s” aren’t tasks, but projects that involve several steps to complete. You can get those projects down on paper using this End of Year Project Organizer .
Get specific. I have a tendency to be too general when I write my list of tasks. “Filing”, for example, is not a task. Filing is a project that you need to break down into manageable steps. What do you need to file? Unit resources? Notes from your faculty meetings? Receipts? As you think about all you need to do and write it down, you’ll find that there will be categories. That’s when you need to sketch out a project plan.
Make an action plan. On the Project Organizer, give the project a title. Then, number each of the tasks. Give yourself a deadline for when you want to have that piece of the project done. When you are finished, check that part of the project off.
Making overwhelming projects manageable. I find a project list like this particularly helps with things like “Packing up the Classroom”, and “Organizing the Storage Closet”. Remember, these are not tasks, they are projects. They can’t get done in one shot, but they CAN get done if we break them down into manageable steps.
Not just for the end of the school year. The great thing about this organizer is that you can use it all year long for your projects. It’s also not just for teachers. You can help your students get organized too. I have used this checklist with students who were as young as third grade with great success. Developing organizational skills is so important for their academic success.
Okay, let’s get organized! If you haven’t already, grab your organizer here.
Until next time,