The #1 Overlooked App for Busy Teachers: ColorNote

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Okay. So there’s this motto, “Never let them see you sweat.”  And then there’s my motto, “Never let them see you sweat even when you feel like a hot mess.”  This motto applies in a plethora of situations.  Trust and believe.

TeachTees, how do you keep your demeanor calm, cool, and collected even when you have a million things to do on your to-do list?  And remember, you are not just a teacher…you have a big, complicated, meaningful life that you have to live and contend with.

The answer:  Colornote.

Yes tried and true. This very simple app (and I promise the creators don’t even know me, though after this post I think I’ll introduce myself) is the best app since app (yes I said the best “app since app”).

It’s simple. There are two ways to create lists:

  1. Text – Type away your random thoughts, poems, songs, favorite quotes you hear or read, information people say to you while you are on a call, information you need handy (since your phone is always with you), lesson plan ideas, drafts, etc. etc.
  2. Checklist – Make your grocery list, kid list, classroom list, bulletin board list, data list, wish list, household chores list, etc. etc. and tick them off once they get done.

I’m a lot ocd so I have to do lists or else my brain will explode (hyperbole hyperbole)…I don’t know what your situation is…but chances are if you want to reduce your stress level and just be a little more collected…make lists until your thumbs hurt.

You can also color code your list and sort your list by created time, modified time, alphabetically, or color.

There’s calendar syncing and backup with gmail, reminders, sharing options, lock, web search, and the list goes on and on.  Just check out the ColorNote website or your Google Play Store.

There’s something magical about lists.  And I promise this is true.  Once you write it down, it gets done.  You’ll surprise yourself by the stuff you get done simply because you wrote it down.  It may not be today or by someone else’s bogus or insanely improbable (impossible) deadline, but it’ll get done.

And remember, you are only human, not a machine.

If anyone treats you like you are a machine, you know what they can really do, right?

P.S. IPhone users, you are on your own with this one. I believe ColorNote has an IOS version, but I’m strictly talking about the ColorNote app on Android.



Later TeachTees.

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