Tuesday, November 13, 2007

 

So many tools, so little time!

I love to write for my blog. You can't tell that by looking at my archives because I have not posted in a very long time. I started off with a bang; but real life interfered and decided to shift my priorities. During the week I am both mother and father to three precious children...a 14 year old, a 10 year old, and a 4 year old. My husband comes home on the weekends (most of the time), so that's not the time to be blogging, either!

But I think it is time to try again. I have a new job in which I need to reach out and encourage people to use technology. I am working on my Master's degree in Integrating Classroom Technology, and it wouldn't take much effort to tweak some of my assignments and turn them into blog posts. And then, there is this wonderful opportunity to be part of Alabama's 21st Century Learning community. These are exciting times, and I want to do it all!

I have found that the new tools are so fascinating to me that they can take over my life. The hours fly by as I surf the web, set up a wiki, write a blog post, read through my bloglines account, or follow a rabbit trail through delicious. Twitter scares me a little because it sounds like something I could become addicted to! I was a Tapped In maniac, and Ning seems to have even more potential for grabbing my attention and taking my precious time.

I need a little more efficiency in my life. I have an iPod that I can use to learn on the road. I spend quite a bit of time driving between my 25 schools. I could be listening to podcasts with just a minimum of effort to download them at night. I am reading a book on becoming more efficient called Getting Things Done, by David Allen. He promises to change my life, so it's worth a try! With the time I am planning to save by being more productive, I should have time to blog!

How do the rest of you manage your time? How do you limit your time on the computer so it doesn't take over your life? What tips or tricks do you have for becoming more productive?

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