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January 28, 2016

Five Things I Learned When My iPhone was Run Over by a Car

In an unfortunate turn of events last week, my iPhone was run over by a car. It’s a long, crazy story* (any Mo Willems fans get the reference?), but for a number of other long, boring reasons, it took me three days to get a new phone.  In no…

January 28, 2016

Hot People: Four Ways to Be Nice AND Manage Your Time

One of the most telling exercises in my Together Leader workshops is when we list “Priority Crushers”—the last-minute events, unpredictable emergencies and other sudden To-Do’s that crush our well-intentioned big goals and…

January 26, 2016

Cloi’s Opening and Closing Routines

I met Cloi, a wonderfully Together first-grade teacher, at a recent training here in DC. From the moment we met, I was drooling over her Together Tools. There is much to share, but I honed in on her paper-based Weekly Worksheet with a focus on her…

January 21, 2016

What To Do with “Found” Time?

Most people are trying to squeeze the most they can out of their time, but what about when you have “found” time? For example, last Monday, I FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY had my TSA pre-check appointment way out in Alexandria, VA. For those…

January 19, 2016

Unstick Yourself: First the What, Then the When

Inevitably, at some point toward the end of a Together Teacher workshop, when it is time to actually sit down and map out priorities, To-Do’s, and timed appointments for the following week, people hit a wall. They feel completely stuck and…

January 13, 2016

How to Make a Great Last Minute Request

It happens. In all your Togetherness, there will be times when you have to make a last minute request of someone for some reason. I just had to make a bunch over the holiday break to get late-breaking copyedits of my book out the door! And then I…

January 5, 2016

Hello 2016: Setting up your Comprehensive Calendar

In a small fit of Holiday Break forward planning, I took the most valuable Togetherness step of them all: I got my Comprehensive Calendar up and running. Go me! Being a schools-type, I really think of my New Year’s as happening more in August,…