Are you busy?

Is time on your side, or are you always in competition with each other? In order to balance the demands of a 21st-century life, you might need the assistance of some 21st-century tools. Here’s a list of eight ideas to help with organization so you can love your job again and carve out more time for the things that matter most….

1. Color your world

Using colors to organize your digital life may help when you searching for important resources. Did you know you can color code your desktop folders, Google Drive folders, email folders, and more? I have found the more I color-code my life, the easier it is to find things quickly when I need them. I use the same colors across devices, apps, and tools: red for family, purple for school, green for money (ha!), etc. The more vigilant I am about filing items using specific colors, the less time I waste looking for them later.

2. New wallpaper

A great idea I learned from my friend Charity Preston at the Organized Classroom Blog, is to create wallpaper for your desktop to help organize your folders. Get creative! You might want to take her idea one step further and create wallpaper for your mobile devices to help organize your rows of phone icons and folders.

About the Author:

After 10 years as an elementary teacher, Suzy Brooks is the director of instructional technology for Mashpee Public Schools in Massachusetts. Additionally, she provides professional development and hands-on workshops for educators at local, regional, and national venues. Her work in blended learning, student engagement, and social media has been featured by EdWeek, NBC News’ Education Nation, Instructor Magazine, Intel, ISTE, ASCD, Tech & Learning, and the NEA. Currently, Brooks is a visiting lecturer at Fitchburg State University, a MassCUE Pathfinder, and the Massachusetts ASCD president.