GETinsight | Clearing the decks for the year ahead: Productivity for Creativity
I've just posted a new piece at GETideas on how we can all prepare for the year ahead, and make sure that we keep on top of things, so that we have more time and energy for more creative practice throughout the year. You can read the full piece on the GETideas.org site and join me for a live phone or web chat this Tuesday to share your own tips.
Where Do Good Ideas Come From? Using Quiet Times to Prepare for the Year Ahead
For teachers, the summer vacation is often seen as the quiet time of
year that they might find a moment, after the sand, sea and switching
off, to start preparing for the year ahead. We can head off potential
problems, the rest brings some of our most creative ideas to light, and
we have that rare commodity – time – to think about how we could best
teach particular areas of work.
School leaders don’t have that same stretch of time, but with fewer fire-fights to tackle in our classrooms and schools there is a chance to block out some thinking time of our own. However, as some of Jim Spillane’s research on principals’ and Head Teachers’ working habits shows, we can in education spend too much time working alone on the wrong things.
Here are the headings of my top eight ‘mind hacks’ that some of the most inspirational and creative leaders I know have drawn out of their work:
1. Clear your decks for the next year (GTD)
2. One must-do activity a day
3. Set aside "Desk Time"
4. Don't Procrastinate
5. Getting rid of "Extraneous Pillars"
6. Kill assumptions: Only do stuff you want to do
8. Abandon the quest for perfection
You can read the full piece on the GETideas.org site and join me for a live phone or web chat this Tuesday to share your own tips.