I always find that the day before term starts, I fire out of bed early. Prep for the new term, working out what I am teaching, scouring schemes of learning (I should really know them…I wrote them, after all!) and collating to-do lists.
There is an indispensable tool for organising, based on the theory of GTD: Getting Things Done. Now, I’ve never read the book on GTD, but there are many, many tools out there based on its tenets.
“Things” by Cultured Code, a Germany-based company is the one I opted for a good year ago and they have me hooked. Organisation by tags, projects and areas means that once I have some thing to do in there, I rely on the synchronisation of the app on my Mac, iPhone and iPad to keep me up to date on what needs doing and when.
Now…there is no cloud syncing yet, which places The Omni Group’s “Omnifocus” ahead of it, but it is in beta testing and should be released soon. WiFi syncing at the end of the day ensures that whilst it is a bit of a pain, my devices all stay in sync.
The Mac app is full-featured and a breeze to navigate around, but at £45 is a little pricey. However, once you have got used to the iPhone app (at around £5) and then added in the iPad version (at around £13) it is a small price to pay.
The iPhone app is where the company shines. My iPhone never leaves my side on work days and the comfortable feeling of knowing it will buzz at me when something crops up means my work world stays organised.
Well worth a look.