YEARLY Time = Once/year GOAL: Implement reading remediation program MONTHLY GOALS: March = Pull together a committee interested in working on this; Talk to other schools about what they use April = Search the internet for research May = Order samples; decide on program June = Train self on program July = Train staff on program August = Implement program
Record backwards-planned next steps from big due dates
WEEKLY/DAILY: Time = 30 min./week Look back at monthly goals Transfer due dates from calendar Transfer appointments from calendar Block out chunks of time for e-mail and important but not urgent things
Set aside a chunk of time to read and respond to e-mail. Do not process e-mail one at a time as it comes in. (Just say no to reading e-mail on your Blackberry!)
If you can respond to an e-mail in two minutes or less, go ahead and do it. If it will take longer, move it to your “1. Action Required” folder and add it as a to-do task on your action plan. Keep your inbox cleared out. Also create files for “2. Follow-Up” and 3. “Upcoming”.
When you are working on something else, turn off your e-mail! You will lose focus and time flipping back and forth.