In my last post about my new job as Instructional Coach I posted the first lesson I learned which is to plan and organize your space. In my case I don't have a 'physical' space to call my own because I travel between five buildings. While I do have a place to set up shop in each of those buildings I tend to be traveling between buildings more often than not so I turned my attention to creating an awesome mobile space- my office in a bag!
Today's post is also about organization. Instructional Coaches need to create a system for answering emails, scheduling appointments, and taking notes on the go. This is my ninth week in and I have quickly come to rely on my Smartphone running the Outlook app for district email and my calendar app for scheduling appointments. The rest of my system is using Google Drive on my iPad to take and share notes online and carrying a great pen and composition book for taking notes on the go. So how does all of this work?
Basically that's it! When I arrive at my designated building each morning, I plug in my laptop and leave it in the space I am using for the day. I always plan some time for researching and updating each day and do that work on my laptop. When I head to a coaching meeting, though, I carry just my phone and my iPad. If the Wifi is acting up I carry my notebook with me as well. Between my two devices I have access to everything I need at my fingertips