I’m linking up with Blog Hoppin’ today to share some things that keep me organized!
My organizational skills have developed in large part due to pure survival. I used to be a disorganized mess and I paid the price for it. I would always be looking around for my books, worksheets, lesson plans, important papers and so forth. I had enough! So I started looking around for ideas to get organized. The first thing I did was make a teacher toolbox.
The next thing I made was my to do drawers. I put my paper work in here that I don’t have time to take care of immediately. This makes my life a lot less stressful.
Then I realized I need someplace to put all my lessons for the day so I wouldn’t have to look in different places for everything. So these were born:
Everything I have planned for each day goes in these. I also have a sub bin on the bottom drawer so that if there is an emergency, my plans are ready to go.
One of my dearest friends is super organized. I noticed that she copies way in advance. I decided to give that a try. What I ended up with was a bunch of piles of paper all over my room 🙁 I realized I need something to organize my future copies. Now my future copies go into my subject drawers until they are ready to go into my weekly bin. How did I go so long without these??
Below you can see a picture of a few of my binders. I put my go to resources in these and I pull them out when I’m lesson planning.
Inside I place copies of everything I will need for my favorite resources including samples of crafts. This makes it much easier to plan everything out.
The spines help me locate the binder immediately so I’m not pulling each one out to see if it’s the binder I need.
One of my other most used resources to help me stay organized is my planner. I purchased this one from The Colorful Apple. It’s exactly what I needed!
The cover is from School Girl Style. I love these chunky black and white stripes.
Instead of putting lined paper in here, I put blank paper and sectioned it off with some tabs. All my notes go in here. That makes it easy to locate notes from any meeting or training.
One the back of it I included my school calendar so I can refer to it at meetings.
I had my planner bound at Office Max for about $4.
I’m not exactly the most organized person out there, but these resources definitely help me stay on top of things.
So how do you stay organized? Please share and link up with Blog Hoppin‘!