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POP QUIZ! Read the question, and determine the best answer(s).

What are ghillies?

a. a man or boy who attends someone on a hunting or fishing expedition

b. a type of shoe with laces along the instep and no tongue, especially those used for Scottish country dancing

c. a red fresh water fish

d. both a and b are correct

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17 Month Planners and Agendas

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Three things I plan on teaching my incoming sixth graders this year is planning, organization, and goal setting. I’ve been reading several articles and books on the subject, and while doing so, I realized I never really learned how to stay organized when I was a kid. I remember binder and backpack checks, but I never kept agendas or organizers. In high school and college, I didn’t use agendas, but I wrote things down in a ratty little notebook I carried around. Once I got a Palm Treo back in 2008ish, I kept everything in my phone.

After visiting the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in San Francisco last week, I saw so many cute agendas! I type up the majority of my to-do items in a Google Calendar and sync it to my iPhone, but I do realize there is power in writing down goals, plans, and to-do lists and checking off those items.

What if I’m overwhelmed with the idea of using an agenda?

  • I totally get this. I see so many Instagram posts of journaled Bibles and fancy script in agendas, and it’s enough to make my head spin.
  • Decide how you want to tackle the things you write down. By day? Week? Month?
  • Nix the idea of writing every single thing down. Be flexible.
  • Get some more help by reading this Huffington Post article.

How can I use my agenda or planner effectively?

  • Time management guru Mark Foster’s principle is do it tomorrow. Say what? Yep. To put it simply, whenever you think of something to do, or get assigned to do something, schedule it for tomorrow. This way you provide yourself with a buffer, and your day isn’t overwhelmed with all sorts of things to do.
  • Buy Mark Foster’s book Do it Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management here.

What should I put in my agenda?

  • That’s up to you. I plan to use mine for personal goals (Bible reading, exercise, and health).
  • This blogger even uses a weekly and separate daily planner. That’s a little much for me, but you can read how she manages two agendas here.

Planners and Agendas I’m Loving:

  1. 12-Week Fitness Journal
  2. A Daily Page (love this!)
  3. Today is Mine (great for tracking fitness goals and meals)
  4. This 17-Month Succulent Planner is EV.ER.Y.THANG.
  5. A Tools4Wisdom agenda would be great for goal setting.

Tell me: How do you stay organized? Are you Team Electronic or Team Write It Down? Can you recommend a favorite agenda?



Teacher Style
I was at a teacher conference in Sacramento last week; I’d finally stopped waking up in a panic (thinking about lesson plans, students, and general teaching nightmares), but being at the conference last week made me realize summer is nearly over. In my mind summer doesn’t really start until my teacher nightmares have subsided and I stop thinking about students. The conference was great, but it sent me into planning, brainstorming, and teacher Pinterest mode.

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