STRATEGIES FOR LASTING
FACILITATOR: MARCIA BENNETT, M.ED.
❖ Housekeeping Items
❖ My credibility
❖ Why are we here?
❖ Priorities Matter
❖ PLanning vs. Prioritizing
❖ Organizing Tips & Tricks
❖ Work/Life Balance
❖ The Morning I Wake Up
Which statement do you agree with the most?
Select the card that demonstrates/accurately
reflects or describes how you prioritize your
"I focus on what matters.“
To- Do List = Everything
"Pulled in too many directions"
Are you ready to do your work?
TOP 10 OBSTACLES
1.Need for abundance
4.Fear of Failure/Success
5.Need to Retreat
6.Fear of Losing Creativity
7.Need for Distraction
10.Need for Perfection
No 2 tasks ever hold the same
importance. Always prioritize.
❏ How did you prioritize the tasks?
❏ Based on difficulty, how long it would take, interest?
1. List Names of People in Group in Alphabetical Order
2. List Group Members Birth Days by Month in Chronological
3. Place the list of Class Rules in Order using the slips provided in
the corresponding numbered envelope
1) Listen when others are talking.
2) Follow Directions.
3) Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
4) Work quietly and do not disturb others.
3. Match Sticky Note Colors to Envelopes and Number Them
· Orange- 1
· Yellow- 2
· Green- 3
· Pink- 4
Place the sticky notes on the back
Conquering the Multitasking Brain
Multitasking Self-Inventory Assessment
● Replying to email
● Browsing internet
● Having conversation with a
● Listening to music
● Talking on the phone
● Updating status on
● Reading News
You are actually Context Switching
Negatively impacts productivity
What does it really mean to multitask?
● Attention management increases the ability to focus
attention and can be done at the individual level.
● Must be aware of where you focus most of your attention
● Four different attention types and zones
Focused - Sustained - Selective - Alternating
Example: working on a
Not natural human state
Used for a task that takes
Distractions harm sustained
20 minutes to refocus
Paying attention in a
Example: conversation in
a crowded room
Cannot focus on
Ability to filter
Focus on one object
what is happening around
Two tasks that require
different cognitive abilities
Example: Taking notes
during a lecture
Mind- needs to be flexible
and move between one task
Work on each task quickly
and accurately for brain to
The Evolution of Time Management
Organizing Tips and Tricks
Get a reminder app. Do not trust your brain for your own memory.
Organization is a process in which you can devise systems according to how you think and
according to how much you have.
Write down anything that distracts you- random thoughts, google searches, new ideas. The point is,
if you stop and write them down, they’ll stop bubbling up when you’re in the zone.”
Paper Clutter- Tips and Tricks
One Thing at a Time
Spread Out Project
Bins Are Your Friends
Do you know what you need?
-Hand picked items for you
-Delivered every month via mail
- Gourmet tea
- Educational supplies
- Learning resources
- Motivational Messages
● Back to School Box
● Holiday Box
● Teacher Appreciation
● End of Year Box
Work Life Balance- A Balancing Act
● Focus on self-care
● Read for pleasure
● Write for pleasure
What is your preference?
1. Having too much to do?
1. Not having enough to do?
The Morning I Wake Up-
What are the first two things most
●A. Check E-mail
●B. Check Social media
●C. Text Messaging
How to avoid the distractions:
1. Airplane Mode
2. E-mail Boundaries
3. Disable Notifications
This is one of the MOST important concepts to master as an educator.
How do you become successful?
Answer these 5 questions:
1. What is working for you?
2. What is not working for you?
3. What items are most important for you? Products/supplies
4. Why is it important to get organized? Compelling reason
5. What Is causing the problem?
JUST ONE MORE THING!
1. Place index card into fish
2. Write on the back of the card
how many easter eggs are in
3. The Winner will receive a
$20 Target Gift Card!
Write down 2 things you learned Write down 1
thing you would like to focus on improving over the
next 90 days
Certificate of Completion
Make sure to receive a
Certificate of Completion before leaving.
Access Professional Development
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