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The Coaching Calendar

I love to-do lists. I love them so much that I have a separate digital to-do list for each day of the week on Google Keep (and yes, they are color coded!). As I mentioned before, breaking my mile-long to-do list own into more manageable parts helps keep me calm and sane. So does my Radar List, the things on the horizon I need to be mindful of, but not worry about yet, which brings me to another organizational hack that I’d like to share with you: the coaching calendar.
Now, I am not talking about a calendar of coaching cycles here, but instead, a calendar of yearly coaching tasks. We all have them- the things we must do on a monthly or yearly basis that can weigh on our minds, big or small: district paperwork, coaching logs, changing passwords, updating curriculum documents and assessments and more. Then, there are the things that we WANT to do: read the newest journal articles, check out conferences, touch base with our local teaching councils, etc. How is a coach to keep up? With a coaching calendar. 

 A coaching calendar (or whatever you would like to call it) keeps track of those monthly and yearly tasks that you must and want to do so you do not miss important deadlines or worry about them needlessly at the wrong time of the year. I created mine through a simple Google Doc that provides space to list the monthly tasks that I need or want to complete. Usually, I am pretty good at keeping track of them on my daily to-do lists, but there are always times where I forget to enter my time sheets, send an advisement email, send curriculum reminders and more. Now, I list those tasks on my coaching calendar (because I do not want to plug up my daily calendar with nitty-gritty details) and set an event in my Google calendar to check it on the first Monday of every month. Then, I can be sure to add the events to my daily to-do lists so they are not forgotten in the hustle and bustle of busy days. 

So, take a minute and think about those monthly and yearly tasks that you must do, but might forget about or weigh on your mind. List them all and divide them into the months you must do them. Share your monthly or weekly tasks in the comments below or even share your calendar, if you created one. Simply listing them all helps free your mind for the things that matter most in your coaching. So, why not give it a try?! #SeptemberWeek3

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