As we start the New Year, many of us look at our "To Do Lists" and realize that it’s time, once again, to prioritize.
We all want to get stuff done, whether it’s the work we have to do so we can get on with what we want to do, or indeed, the projects we feel are our purpose in life. To that end, here’s a collection of 50 productivity "hacks," tips, tricks, and mnemonic devices published on lifehacker.com that can help. They include ideas from many systems and philosophies from "Getting Things Done" (GTD) daily planning and empty inbox approach to the "Seven Habits" quadrant, all boiled down to a simple suggestion. Whether used as a way to address an organizational issue for a learner, or improve a tutor’s personal process, there’s a wealth of practical insight in this list. Enjoy!
Click here to read the article at the lifehacker.com web site. (2,765 words total)
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by Kim Hays, Staff Counselor, Student Counseling Services, Illinois State University
One of the greatest things about school is the feeling of having a clean slate each semester, with new classes, a new schedule and a new opportunity to succeed. If you want to save time, achieve more and have a more satisfying semester, invest a little time now to get organized.
As you begin the semester, take a few moments to review some of the following tips on getting organized.
Identify your goals for the semester. Be specific about what you want to achieve. You may have several things you wish to accomplish this semester, like obtaining a 3.7 GPA, learning Yoga and/or developing a resume. Break these goals into component parts so you can make small steps to achieve them.
Click on the following link to view a PDF of more of Everyone Should Try to Get Organized for the New Semester
Filed under: Productivity,Study Tools
by Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning
There’s nothing like receiving advice from a fellow traveler to find the best places to visit and the shortcuts to get there. For every tutor, teacher or parent who has a packed schedule and is constantly on the move, you can learn about some of Vicki Davis’ favorite strategies. And they’re all free, to boot.
Vicki Davis is an "Edurati" that takes pleasure in sharing her discoveries. But let me allow her to describe herself…"I’m a teacher, entrepreneur, edublogger, conference presenter, and freelance writer. I am an avid reader, technology "geek", and heart-felt Christian. Locally, I’ve been Camilla Chamber president, a Rotarian, and a Leadership Georgia graduate.My class wiki has won many awards and media recognition. I am a Tech Learning blogger, co-founder of Women of Web 2 and co-host the WOW2 show Tuesdays at 9 pm EST at Ed Tech Talk. I co-authored the Flat Classroom Project and Horizon Project."
I have personally used several of the tools she recommends, including Jott, Timebridge and Google Calendar. She goes on to integrate those with Remember the Milk, igoogle Page, gCal, and gVent. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. I invite you to visit her at her blog, http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/. Just remember to come up for air!
To follow in Vicki’s footsteps on the path to "Get it Done" click on this link: http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2008/08/fab-five-of-time-life-management.html
Filed under: Free Programs/Software,Productivity,Technology
by Cora M. Dzubak, Ph.D., Penn State – York, originally published by the Association for the Tutoring Profession
Multitasking is a term frequently used to describe the activity of performing multiple tasks during a specified time period. But what does it actually involve? Is multitasking the simultaneous engagement in various activities or is it sequential engagement in multiple tasks? Does it literally refer to actively performing more than one activity at the same time? Or, might it involve active engagement in a single activity while also passively processing another source of stimulation, such as auditory or visual input? Whichever it is, different types and levels of cognitive processing are required depending on whether tasks are performed simultaneously or sequentially.
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Filed under: Productivity,Research
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Original published as "5 Tips to Maximize Your Ability to Concentrate" in Zen Habits as a guest post from John Wesley of the Pick the Brain blog.
The quality and quantity of work you can produce is dependent, not only on the effort you put in, but on your ability to concentrate. No matter how hard to you try, if your brain isn’t performing well, you won’t be as productive as you should be.
Although many of the factors affecting concentration are beyond your control, a large amount is determined by behavior. These 5 tips will help you get your mind functioning at peak performance so you can excel at highly creative activities like writing, brainstorming, and strategic thinking.
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