I am a big believer in the helpfulness of digital calendars. Both at home and at school I have detailed calendars marking out all of my temporal obligations for as far out into the future as I can.

My school, like I am sure many others, has a rotation schedule that matches no calendar software on the planet. For many years I was forced to copy and paste each of the four calendar permutations throughout the school year to get my class rotation into my school calendar.

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I am a big fan of Rosemary Orchard, I was very excited to hear about her new productivity podcast called Nested Folders. While I don’t know how I feel about her co-host yet, I am very glad to hear more about how Rose works.

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This post is from more than a decade ago. However, as the school year starts and emails are flying into my school inbox, it is as relevant as ever.

Read this article and learn how to be better at email, everyone you work with will appreciate it:

Writing Sensible Email Messages- 43 Folders

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The iPhone could be an incredible tool, but most people use their phone as a life-shortening distraction device.

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I made a video about how I use Drafts and Shortcuts to get my tasks into OmniFocus. I was inspired to make this video after writing yesterday’s post about how I have been using the Drafts Inbox recently.

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In the minds of most teachers and students summer has a special allure of freedom and wistfulness. As the summer break approaches we all get anxious to shed the skin of the past year and shift into summer mode.

I too look forward to summer with the same excitement as everyone else but I’m not looking forward to the beach and sunshine as much as I am looking forward to the time and freedom to learn something new, make something cool, or improve myself.

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I have been on Twitter for several years now but I have never fully jumped in. I have purchased Tweetbot and that has helped me enjoy consuming Twitter but I still want to do a better job of contributing.

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I have a longer featured post about how I have students go through a reflection process for the presentations they give in my classes.

As part of my process for developing their presentation skills we watch this video a few times and talk about all of the phenomenal displays of oration that Guy Pierce demonstrates in this video.

I was listening to the most recent episode of Cortex (one of my favorite podcasts) and the hosts were talking about their calendars. Unexpectedly they had a little stand off about what day of the week their calendars started on. If you grew up in America this is an absurd statement that does not make sense. Upon some reflection and listening to the discussion of the hosts, I don’t have a good argument against their position that your calendar should start on Monday. Listen to the episode here:

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There is a (misattributed) Mark Twain quote that is used in productivity circles that goes like this:

If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

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A while ago I shared a post from David Sparks about automating greetings in emails to reduce typos and increase accuracy in written communication. That post got me thinking about the other things that I do in my day-to-day written communications that could benefit from the accuracy and precision that comes from automation. I realized that dates were what I should try to address.

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Nothing like a little gamification to encourage me to get out of the house on Earth Day.

It was an amazing day outside and the walk gave me the energy to work some more on an upcoming project I am very excited about!

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