3 Tips to Increase Your Productivity

Guest post by Daisy Dyer Duerr

Principals and assistant principals can struggle with a variety of distractions that curb their productivity each and every day. As the new school year gets underway, do you find yourself asking whether you are being as productive as you want to be?

As a school leader, I found I was able to amp up my productivity and I’d like to share with you a few tips and tricks:

  • Email. I spent 30 minutes on email before students arrived at school, then one hour after my children were in bed at night. NO MORE. You can’t build relationships over email, but you can sure ruin them if you aren’t setting aside the appropriate time to focus on your email communication.


  • Social Media. This matters! Spend time being an advocate for your school, students, and community on social media. Master the social media tools your students are using by asking them for help. (Yes, your students!) This will shorten your learning curve, foster relationships, and cultivate student leadership and voice. Also spend time building your professional learning network—you won’t regret it. Participate in Twitter chats, share your ideas/opinions, and retweet things you like. This is time well spent!
  • Google Calendar. If you just have to keep your paper calendar, fine. But if you sync everything to your Google Calendar, you instantly save time for yourself and anyone working with you!

Although I recently left my principal position of 10 years to further the cause of rural education as a full-time consultant/speaker/writer advocating for technology to improve schools, I continue to use these productivity measures as I begin my next chapter.

I will be presenting the Rural Perspective session at Ignite ’16 with “Defying Myths in Rural Education.” Please register now so you can meet me at Ignite, February 25–27 in Orlando, FL. In the meantime, be sure to connect with me online or follow me on Twitter @DaisyDyerDuerr.

Daisy Dyer Duerr is a 2014 NASSP Digital Principal and Ignite ’16 Speaker.

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