Getting Things Done

Written by Maren Schmidt on July 04, 2017

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Why do we need a to-do list? 

David Allen in Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity writes: 

"The short-term memory of your mind - the part that tends to hold all of those incomplete, undecided, and unorganized 'stuff' - functions much like RAM on a personal computer.  Your conscious mind, like the computer screen, is a focusing tool, not a storage place.  You can think about only two or three things at once.  But the incomplete items are still being stored in the short-term memory space.  And as with RAM, there's limited capacity; there's only so much 'stuff' you can store in there and still have that part of your brain function at a high level.  Most people walk around with their RAM bursting at the seams.  They're constantly distracted, their focus disturbed by their own internal mental overload....

"The big problem is that your mind keeps reminding you of things when you can't do anything about them.  It has no sense of past or future.  That means that as soon as you tell yourself that you need to do something, and store it in your RAM, there's a part of you that thinks you should be doing that something all the time."

 A to-do list helps your brain focus on one task at a time.

As you navigate the seas of summer make a to-do list to keep your brain happy.


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Are you dealing with these aspects of difficult behaviors with children?

  • Parent's denial about the behavior
  • Lack of strategies on how to assist a child with difficult behaviors
  • Too much time spent supervising a child
  • Handling the stress and frustration of dealing with those children
  • Disruption of the entire class
  • Inappropriate interactions, such as hitting, yelling and tantrums
  • Lack of parent follow through
  • Other children perceiving the child with difficult behaviors as disrespectful
  • Montessori elementary being seen as the “catch-all” of children who have had poor experiences in other school settings

If this sounds familiar...

Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 20 for 4:00 pm Pacific/ 7:00 Eastern.

That's when I'll be giving my free webinar, Dealing With Difficult Behaviors In Your School And Classrooms.

Register Now

In Dealing With Difficult Behaviors In Your School And Classrooms:

  • You’ll hear about two resources for behavior and skills training that help parents and teachers work together for the child’s benefit.
  • You’ll see a simple yet effective strategy to help you clearly communicate expectations for behavior in your classrooms and school.
  • You’ll learn about three communication tools that can help you create more peaceful classrooms and schools.
  • Plus I’ll share with you the essential Montessori principles that must be implemented consistently throughout your school if you are to deal effectively with difficult behaviors.

In this 45-minute session you'll learn about strategies that can make a difference for your entire school right away.

Can't make it?  No worries.

Be sure to register so I can send you the recording of this session that will be available for only a week.



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