Issue #3 / week of July 30, 2018
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Use your devices to aid your productivity.
Welcome to The Friday Five
Do you find that you need a creative outlet? Do you like the opportunity to reorganize your planner to meet your specific needs?
Consider creating your own Bullet Journal. While pre-made Bullet Journals do exist, this do-it-yourself system of organizing your days on paper was born out of one graphic designer's desire to reconnect to the tangible by "organizing the past, tracking the present, and planning for the future." Bullet Journals can be as simple or as intricate as you desire. How you design your planner (and your life) is up to you!
Take a look at the video above to learn more about Bullet Journals and how to get started.
While so many things are digitized in this day and age, there is still a place for paper. In fact, writing things down has been linked to higher productivity and makes it more likely that you will achieve your goals. If you are a fan of paper planners, but do not want to create your own, here are three planners to give you an idea of what types of layouts exist:
Field Notes 56-week un-dated planner ($14.95)
Minimalist, start at any time
Moleskine Planners ($17.95-24.95)
Compact, durable, with a companion app
Erin Condren Teacher Planner ($55-60+)
Customizable planners made for teachers
Easily Organize Yourself: Keeping yourself organized will help you ensure that your year lives up to your plans and it will help time not get away from you. This issue takes a look at five different tools or methods for organizing yourself ranging from a DIY planner to more detailed productivity tracking.
The following apps help you organize tasks into larger projects that you can access on your phone or computer. These tasks and projects can be shared or kept private--your choice. Take a look at the videos to the right for a quick introduction to each.
Trello: Click here to get a quick-start guide on how to use Trello to organize tasks and projects.
Todoist: Click here to get a quick-start guide on how to use Todoist to organize tasks and track your productivity.
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Trello and Todoist
Microsoft Planner is a smart alternative to paper planners. Organize tasks into "buckets" which can be kept just for you or assigned to others. You can also easily move tasks from one "bucket" to the next. Furthermore, each task can have smaller tasks within it, and as you check them off, Planner keeps track of your progress in a handy chart. One of the things we appreciate most about Planner is how it ties into other Office 365 resources, like Teams. Take a look at this resource to learn more about Planner (scroll to the bottom of the page).
If you find yourself keeping information in various forms of media (paper, online, pictures, etc.), consider using Evernote. This app, which you can use on your smartphone, tablet, and computer welcomes files of all sorts. Keep to do lists, scan documents, record voice notes, upload documents, doodle, include photos, and more. As a freemium tool, you can upload up to 60MB of content per month or upgrade to premium for $7.99/month. For organizing yourself, the free option should be more than enough and you can sync your account between two devices. Click here to learn more about getting started with Evernote.
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