Monday, May 9, 2016

The Downhill Slide

Are you feeling it yet? It has a way of sneaking up of you. What am I talking about? The End of the Year! The Frenzied SLPs have some tips to help you stay in control from here until the END.

What can you do to prevent feeling totally overwhelmed? Create a task list! I am all about going paperless, so here are some ways to make a list of tasks ONLINE. 

1) Use Google Calendar: On the side bar (left side) of Google Calendar, you will find a task list. Click on it. A potential task list will pop up on the right side. You can type in whatever your critical "to do" list for the rest of the year. I have a partial list pictured below. You will see that Google provides check boxes. When the task is complete, you check the box and it goes away. I LOVE checking off items as they are completed. Don't you? So satisfying. 

The photo above shows the extreme right side of my Google calendar. You don't want to see the whole thing. Trust me.

2) Use Microsoft Outlook. Many of you know about Outlook's email application. Did you know Outlook has a task list, too? I recently discovered this. Almost like the Holy Grail! In the bottom left corner of Outlook, click on the icon that looks like a clipboard with a red check on it. See below.

Once you click on it, a list will open up. Below is a photo of the left half of my Outlook task screen.  This is what it looks like when you add items to it. And yes, it has a box you can check off once the task is completed. 

Of course, you can always do the same thing with paper, but as an itinerant SLP, I find the online task lists are more effective in helping me keep my sanity. 

A final thought borrowed from a teacher's post: 


  1. Love that quote! I use online and paper calendars, along with a multitude of sticky notes adhered to my cell phone! I need all the reminders I can get!

  2. I love the task bar on Outlook! Wonderful quote!
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  3. I accidentally discovered that Google task list on my gmail and I now believe you have made me add that to my "list" of something to understand ASAP!

  4. I've been trying to keep it all in my head, but it's too stressful! I think I should try out the Google task list! Thanks for sharing these ideas.