Become a Productive School Leader

On the afternoon of Saturday, December 12th I will be presenting a three hour workshop for school leaders at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. This is offered in conjunction with the annual TIES conference which begins the following Monday. Here is the official workshop description: An important part of being an effective school leader is […]

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The Thief of Intimacy, Busyness ⇢

An excellent essay about how busyness robs us of day-to-day moments with those that we love: Intimacy is what we all crave. We all want to be loved. We want to give love and receive love. We all crave for others to be with us. And that love is often the slow, patient kind. It […]

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Managing Stress and Expectations ⇢

Some good advice from Justin Baeder (@eduleadership) that can be applied to many other fields besides education: As a leader, you have multiple stakeholders, all of whom have expectations of you, whether stated or implicit. Those expectations don’t cause stress unless you internalize them. And we need to be careful about internalizing all of everyone […]

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Returning to OmniFocus

I have leveled some pretty heavy criticisms against OmniFocus (Mac, iPhone, iPad) in the past. I was disappointed by the lack of feature parity among the different versions of the app, frustrated that there was no web interface, and annoyed by the high price of the software. In January I decided to switch over to […]

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Wunderlist 3 Available Today ⇢

While this app doesn’t offer several of the features I consider essential (start dates, nested folders/projects, etc), it is great for making and sharing lists, it’s available for nearly every platform, and it’s free for basic use (with a Pro subscription that unlocks unlimited subtasks, files, and sharing).

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GTD Shootout: OmniFocus vs. Todo

A while back, I wrote about my breakup with OmniFocus and what I was looking for in a new task management app. Sometime in January or February, I took the plunge and decided to move all of my tasks and projects into Appigo’s Todo Cloud. Todo has a lot of features I was looking for: […]

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Adding Reminders via Drafts

As I’ve mentioned before, Drafts (iPhone, iPad) is an app that I launch countless times each day to record text. Drafts allows me to configure multiple actions which send that text elsewhere, often with just one tap. I use it to record and email notes during classroom walkthroughs and for many other purposes. It’s so […]

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Events, Tasks, and Reminders

One way I try to stay organized and on top of my obligations as a dad, husband, principal, and student, is by creating a clear distinction between events, tasks, and reminders. I’ve consciously tried to differentiate between the three for the past year and to put each in its own specific place. Here’s a brief […]

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Two Articles on Drafts and iOS Automation

Coincidentally, two articles were posted yesterday – by different authors – about Drafts and iOS automation that I recommend reading. Drafts (iPad, iPhone) is an app that I think any professional with an iOS device can use to get things done more efficiently. For example, as a school principal I’ve written about how I use […]

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Five Features of a Task Manager

After deciding to break up with Omnifocus, I needed to find a good task management tool to replace it. I spent some time thinking about what I absolutely must have in a Getting Things Done (GTD) system, and decided on the five features listed below. Interoperability between devices/systems – The new tool will ideally be […]

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