Create Checklists in Evernote to Save Time

While I use the “Secret Weapon” method of organizing Evernote, I wanted to give you a glimpse of taking those tasks you do just once or twice a year and making them so much easier. As a teacher, sometimes I procrastinate because I just don't want to take the time and energy to find things.

As I've been reading the Checklist Manifesto, I'm now taking time to start creating checklists to make life easier. Included in the checklist in Evernote, I'm linking and embedding the files so that I can easily take care of business.

If you look at the tasks I have to do in the Evernote note below, they have files attached to them and information. Instead of searching for that email I used last year to welcome parents, and finding that file, it is all in one place. I uncheck the boxes so I can start over this year.

This is very helpful for those PowerSchool queries for the academic banquet and very geeky things I Have to do infrequently for Flat Classroom. Since this is the beginning of the semester, it is a GREAT time to make these checklists and embed these files. Note that sometimes I just make a shortcut to a file and put that in the note, but I do pay for premium evernote, so I have the space to attach the files. I'm still curious as to exactly HOW evernote embeds the file.
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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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