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Print Resources

Get Organized!: Time Management for School Leaders

This book outlines a total system designed for the school leader. Your productivity increases; your stress decreases. You will enjoy the “nuts & bolts” approach. Best of all, you make it look easy!

Get Organized...Digitally!: The Educator's Guide to Time Management

Today, we’re overwhelmed by our digital devices and the volume of digital information. Learn a complete digital organizational system and harness the power of technology to save time.

The Daily Home

The Daily Home is the local newspaper. The “Get Organized!” column appears each week. Most of the articles parallel the blog posts. The column also appears in the online edition. It usually runs in the weekend edition.

The St. Clair Times

This weekly paper serves St. Clair County, Alabama. As with The Daily Home, the content parallels the blog. The column runs each week in both the print and online editions. It’s one more avenue to help people Get Organized!
Digital Resources

Blog

A new post appears each Tuesday. The collection is searchable. With over 1,500 posts, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for.

Email Subscribers

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YouTube Channel

A weekly video enhances the material you read in the blog post. Video provides a way to demonstrate technology concepts on the screen.

Podcast

The podcast provides an audio version of the blog. If you would rather listen than read, you’ll love this option. Each week, you get new content.

Social Media

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Gumroad Store

Shop an array of low-cost ebooks. Get organized and make it look easy. Visit the store to get an idea of what’s there. Check back for additions.

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Audio Excerpts from National Conferences

Documentation and Email

In this presentation for a large national conference, listen to how to handle documentation and email. The email section uses Outlook as an example. In later sessions, we do the same thing with web-based tools.

Repeating Tasks

This segment is from a large national conference. Listen to how you can put repeating tasks on autopilot. Whether you organize digitally or with paper, you will find a solution that fits your needs.

 

Time Management for Music Educators

This segment provides short clips from an hour-long session. This session was presented to music educators at a large state convention. This session was a real hit with the audience. Let’s bring it to your audience.
Television & Podcast Appearances

``Talk of Alabama`` Television Spot

“Talk of Alabama” is a morning show which serves the greater Birmingham area. In this segment, we demonstrate how to use the tickler file.

``Every Classroom Matters``

This interview with “Cool Cat Teacher” Vicki Davis is about “7 Keys to Control the Organizational Madness Involved in Teaching.”

 

 

``Educators Lead``

This interview with Jay Willis focuses on the path to educational leaders and the role organization and time management plays. Time is the most important resource the school leader has.

Productivity Book Group

Ray Sidney-Smith and I discuss my book Get Organized! Time Management for School Leaders.

 

 

``Principal Center Radio``

This interview with Justin Baeder focuses on my new book.

Robby Burns & Friends

In this episode, we talk about using a task management app to increase productivity.

Freshly Baked Brand

Thuy Pham and I discuss organization made easy.

 

Take Back Time Podcast

Penny Zinker and I discuss how to empty your inbox and get organized.

From Overwhelm to Abundance

Marti Ouellette and I discuss the beginnings of my journey to get organized.

Getting More Done With Evernote

Starting at 7:15, Ray Sidney-Smith and I get Evernote and your digital task list talking.

10 Minute Teacher Podcast

Vicki Davis and I discuss “7 Productivity Power Tools for the Busy Educator.” Any one of them makes a difference.

10 Minute Teacher Podcast

Vicki Davis and I discuss “8 Great Gifts for Administrators.” We also talk about one gift not to give.

10 Minute Teacher Podcast

Vicki Davis and I discuss “3 Ways to Thank Administrators.” Often it’s the one who hold this role who gets left out.

Virtual Summit Podcast

Mark Wade and I discuss “Improve Your Summit Productivity Management Or ELSE!”

The Quantum Shift

Desiree Kroner and I discuss having a system, working ahead of deadlines, repeating tasks, and more.

TeacherCast

Jeff Bradbury and I discuss “5 Ways To Grow Your Brand After Retirement.”

 

WorkPlus

Bojana Djordjevic and I discuss the system I use to be productive, advantages of a digital system, and resistance to change.

The Drop in CEO

Deborah Coviello and I discuss “How to Lead Your Team to Better Time Management”

Routledge Experts on Education

In these videos, I demonstrate “paste without formatting” and how to use Windows Clipboard History.

Effective Nerd

Aaron Iara and I discuss my background, how I stay productive, advice to others who want to increase their productivity, and more.

Site Leaders Connect

Katherine Goyette and I discuss my background, the road to the doctorate, and setting up simple systems.

 

Escape the J Curve

Rohan Nag and I discuss how to turn chaos into order by building a simple system.

 

 

Organize Your Stuff

Can Your Task Manager Do This?

Maria White and I talk about what to look for in a digital task manager.

Flute Sonata

Just for the fun of it, here is a recording of me playing a flute sonata.

 

 

Music Ed Tech Talk Part 1

Robby Burns and I discuss digital notes and digital tasks in the first of this two-part series.

 

Music Ed Tech Talk Part 2

Robby Burns and I discuss email, calendars, and automation in part two. Automation holds great potential often overlooked.

The Lisa Show

Lisa Valentine Clark, Richie T. Steadman, and I talk about time management during the pandemic, school, and time management for families.

Productivity Book Group

Ray Sidney-Smith and I discuss the new book…Get Organized Digitally! Hear about free digital tools that make your life easier.

Accountability Coach

Anne Bachrach and I discuss goal setting and achievement as we dive into organization and time management skills to help business owners be more successful.

 

Productivity Academy

Adam Moody and I discuss setting up tomorrow for success through planning and simple systems.

 

 

Principal Center Radio

Dr. Justin Baeder and I discuss the new book… Get Organized Digitally! From tools to automation, you’ll find practical help.

 

Productivity & Organization: A New Perspective

Vladimir Campos, Ray Sidney-Smith. and I discuss what works for each of us in the areas of organization, time, management, and productivity and how Evernote plays a part.

TeacherCast

Jeff Bradbury and I discuss digital overwhelm and how to solve it through the new book Get Organized Digitally!

Your Spectacular Life Add

Jodi Weitz and I discuss my background, the tools that I use today, and the book that can help everyone.

1stgenteacherlens podcast

Alex Calderon and I talk about tips and tricks to get organized in a digital age with emphasis on the new book Get Organized Digitally!

Your 14-Day Extreme Time Makeover

As a summit guest, I discuss with Taylor Garrett the concept of “Organization Made Easy.”

Music Ed Tech Talk

Robby Burns and I discuss the new book, Get Organized Digitally! and its implications for the music educator.

Out of the Trenches

Dana Goodier and I go behind the scenes to talk about those first days as a band director.

CrossPlatform Podcast

Art Gelwicks, Augusto Pinaud, and I explore the challenges and opportunities in education.

1st Gen Teacher Lens Podcast

In this return visit, Alex Calderon and I discuss various topics from my new book, Get Organized Digitally! 

More than a Few Words

Lorraine Ball talk about how we have all gone digital. Now it’s time to be digitally productive.

 

 

Get Out of Teaching Podcast

Elizabeth Diacos and I discuss alternatives to teaching and the things to think about before leaving the classroom. A thoughtful decision is always best.

Drop In CEO

Deborah Coviello and I talk about organizing your paper and digital information in a way that helps you sleep at night. We stress the importance of  systems.

Secrets of Success Podcast

Jeff Smith and I talk about actionable things you can do to make your life easier. We discuss both the paper and digital tools that will help you get organized.

Education on Fire

Mark Taylor and I talk about the Tickler File, digital documents, digital notes, and getting email to zero daily. These techniques help you accomplish more every day.

Speak With Power

Natasha Bazilevych and I talked about digital tools, developing time management skills, how to easily track your finances, and more.

 

Back2Basics

Girish Bali and I talk about digital organization, the trend from simple to complex and back, and building relationships in a digital world.

 

Impostor Syndrome Files

Kim Meninger and I look at the connection between time management and confidence. When we face imposter syndrome, is the real problem that there’s too much on our plates?

Task Management & Time Blocking Summit

Francis Wade interviews me about “one size does not fit all.”

 

CouldaWouldaShoulda

Shelley Rose Shearer and I discuss the struggle with organizing paper and digital information and replacing tools with better tools.

The Happy Doc Student Podcast

Dr. Heather Frederick and I discuss practical ways to get around frustration and get the dissertation “done.”

The Don't Quit Podcast

Nick Mann and I discuss the batching, planning, and in general having a “system” to “get organized.”

 

Crushing the Clock Podcat

Joshua Rivers and I discuss taking and retrieving notes effectively in a digital world.

 

 

The Second Question

Martin Silverman and I discuss taking control and achieving peace of mind.

 

 

Band Director Bookcamp

Lesley Moffat and I discuss secrets to productivity for band directors.

 

 

Classroom Matters

Kristy Houle and I discuss my journey to “get organized” and the nuts & bolts of what would work for educators and students today.

Yield Today

Dallin Candland and I discuss a system-based approach to life. Much actionable content.

Connect STL from HEC Media

This TV spot highlights how to help students “get organized.”

 

Exam Study Expert Podcast

William Wadsworth and I discuss focus, having a system, and how that system can start early in life.

Taming the Trunk

Jon Tromans and I talk about recent Evernote drama and how to use Evernote effectively as a result.

 

More to Come

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More to Come

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More to Come

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More to Come

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Publications Where We Have Been Included
Social Media Accounts
Organizations With Whom We Have Worked

Alabama A&M/UAH Regional In-Service Center

Alabama Association for Career and Technical Education

Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators

Alabama Association of Child Nutrition Directors

Alabama Association of Health Underwriters

American Christian Academy (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards

Alabama Music Educators Association

Alabama National Board Certified Teachers

Alabama Educational Technology Conference

Alabama State Department of Education Mega Conference

Alabama Staff Development Association

Alabama State Dept. of Education Special Education Division

Alabama Superintendent’s Academy

Albertville (Alabama) City Schools

Assisted Living Association of Alabama

Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development Conf.

Association for Middle Level Educators

Association of Montreal School Administrators

Athen State University Regional Inservice Center

Auburn (Alabama) City Schools

Berkeley County (West Virginia) Schools

Bibb County (Alabama) Schools

Birmingham Association of Health Underwriters

Birmingham (Alabama) City Schools

Central Quebec School Board

Chilton County (Alabama) Schools

Choctaw County (Alabama) Schools

Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools

Dade County (Georgia) School

Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Fairfield (Alabama) High School

Fort Bend (Texas) Independent School District

Florence (Alabama) City Schools

Forum for Innovative Leadership Conference (Memphis)

Harbour to Hawkesbury Primary Principals’ Conference (Australia)

Homewood (Alabama) City Schools

Houston (Texas) Independent School District

Huntsville (Alabama) Center for Technology

Illinois Principals Association

Jacksonville State University Regional In-Service Center

Kansas Association of  Secondary School Principals

Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec

Learning Forward

Lewisville (Texas) Independent School District

Loudon County (Tennessee) Schools

Louisa County (Virginia) Public Schools

Madison City (Alabama) Schools

Marshall County (Alabama) Schools

McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association

Mississippi Business Education Association Conference

Mississippi Educational Computing Association

Montgomery (Alabama) Public Schools

National Association of Elementary Principals

National Association of Secondary School Principals

North Alabama Administrators Conference

North Alabama Technology Conference

Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative

Oak Mountain (Alabama) Middle School

Oxford (Alabama) High School

PMT Publishing, Inc.

Principally Speaking Network (Alabama)

Raymond L. Young Elementary School (Alabama)

Riverside School Board (Quebec)

South Carolina Association of Health Underwriters

Southern District Teacher’s Conference (Lutheran)

Southeast Alabama Regional In-Service Center

Sumiton (Alabama) Christian School

Staff Development for Educators

Talladega Chamber of Commerce

Talladega City Schools

Talladega County Band Directors Association

Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association

The Principal Center (Arkansas)

Trinity Presbyterian School (Montgomery, Alabama)

Troy University Regional Inservice Center

University of Montevallo Regional Inservice Center

University of North Alabama Regional Inservice Center

University of West Alabama

Valleydale Church (Birmingham)

Washington Association of School Business Officials

Waterloo School

West Alabama Regional Inservice Center

West Virginia Association of Elementary & Middle School Principals

  • “Most productivity books offer variations on conventional wisdom, but I found many of Buck’s ideas interesting and original, such as how to keep reference material for current projects handy using your tickler file system. He also describes how to use Outlook’s Tasks feature in a way that’s accessible to non-power users.
    Justin Baeder - The Principal Center
  • “Get Organized!: Time Management for School Leaders” is a complete and comprehensive guide for education professionals to maximize the value of their time and spend it wisely. Citing the tips as easy to execute and easier to follow, ‘Get Organized!: Time Management for School Leaders’ should be considered by every school leader and for community library education collections.”        
    Midwest Book Review - Oregon, WI
  • “I just finished Frank’s book, and, despite the plethora of time management books available, I found his to be refreshingly practical. You can tell he has been in the trenches of school leadership, as his useful suggestions address the realities school leaders face. Whether a teacher, principal, or any other school/district leader, you’ll find at least three ideas you can use immediately.”
    Barbara Blackburn - Author
  • “If you are looking for a quick and easy way to organize your work environment and your life…you have to get Frank Buck’s book! I know him personally and his tips work. Each day he leaves his desk clean because of the system he shares in ‘Get Organized: Time Management for School Leaders.’ You really don’t have to be in education to benefit from the time management strategies. The book is an easy read and his practical ideas can be implemented immediately. What are you waiting for?”  
    Pattie Thomas - Curriculum Coordinator, Talladega City Schools
  • “A great book on leadership and time management.”            
    ASCD Edge -

Great stories have endings that change readers.
This story is about moving away from being overwhelmed… overwhelmed by the amount of paper and digital information in your life and the demands on your time. It’s a story about having a system that gives you total control over your time and the peace of mind that nothing is falling through the cracks.

 

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