We, the online folks, often have a running list of things to do, and our environment is such that we may be working in cafes, at home, at libraries, in hotels, you name it! Plus, the constant potential disruptions in the form of incoming Skype calls, emails, actual phone calls, meetings we need to attend, virtually or otherwise, and sudden issues that pop up or scheduled events, like grading a set of papers, and then there is this blog to read, which fortunately comes out at the most convenient time and has wonderful tips on how to keep your online sanity!
Since we have been pushing Chrome as one of the better browsers for Blackboard, here is how you can leverage Chrome extensions to create your own task lists. Every time you open a new tab in Chrome, you will see this (your own version of this, that is!):
When you mouse over an item, you can trash it or edit it, but by all means, the goal is to check it off! If a list gets overwhelming, you can switch to the focus mode – one task at a time!
And then you can pat yourself on the back, when you look up your history. I have nothing to show yet (slacker!), but I am just getting started!
This is certainly not limited to just online faculty, it can be useful for anyone! Your students may be the most avid users of this extension as well.
To get your extension click here – Dayboard. Click install, and then just open a new tab.
Let me know how it goes. In fact, add it to your task list to report back! 🙂
I first found it on Free Technology for Teachers.