Why Doing One Thing is a Good Thing

Just this one word is enough to send shivers down the spine of many people. Mention it and images of crowded, noisy classrooms come to mind. Piles of paperwork stacked high in the corners of decorated, messy rooms flash through memories of many. Strong willed students, numerous scheduled meetings, frazzled teachers, parent requests piling up and plans to be finished all contribute to the picture forming in many minds.

But alongside this, what a lot of people don’t see, is the joy on the faces of students when they ‘get it’, the collaborative discussions with colleagues, the long lasting positive relationships that are formed and the lasting impact that is made on the lives of many of our young people.

It’s just that teaching is so busy!

Many teachers are asking, “Just how do I cope with all the demands placed on me?”
A very fair and relevant question indeed.

[bctt tweet=”Teaching is busy! Just prioritise one thing at a time!” username=”donnagolightly1″]


I came to realise a while ago that the best way for me to work through the very long list of what needed to be done was to prioritise and then focus on one thing at a time.

Everyone’s priorities are different, but everyone knows what is important to them in their position. My priority was always my students – what was it that I needed to do first in order to best meet their needs? Sometimes it was hard to keep this as priority number one as demands and requests from senior management, parents and other teachers could feel like they needed to be dealt with first. Some weeks I was more successful than others with this – but each day was a new day and another opportunity to refocus. It may have been that conversations needed to be had with some colleagues so that they understand and could appreciate what my particular priority was.

I am a great list person and this helped with my focus. #GoogleKeep is a great tool for this. You can create notes that allow you to add check boxes. It’s super easy to tick things off as they are completed – giving me a great visual of how productive I’d been.

[bctt tweet=”#GoogleKeep lets you make checkboxes to help stay organised.” username=”donnagolightly1″]

The new #GoogleTask bar in Gmail is a tool I’ve just begun using also. It sits right in my email view so lets me add tasks to my list directly from my emails.

[bctt tweet=”The task bar in the new #Gmail helps you make lists quickly!” username=”donnagolightly1″]
If you’re working within a Microsoft platform there’s a very useful ‘To do’ feature in #OneNote that will help you create a checklist of tasks you want to work through.


[bctt tweet=”Have you tried using #OneNote to help you stay organised?!” username=”donnagolightly1″]


Aside from checking off the day to day priorities of what needs to be done there’s also the long term pictures. Teaching is a profession of continual learning – there’s always some new tool to investigate, some new Professional Development road that is being embarked upon or some new idea that you’ve seen in your preferred PLN network that you want to give a go.

One thing at a time.

Choose one thing – and again, think of your priority. What is important for you? What is important for your students?

Choose one thing and do it well. Doing one thing well, as opposed to doing many things, but feeling like none of them have been done particularly well, is going to bring you much more satisfaction – and provide better outcomes for all involved.

…really came into its own, because there’s always new tools and ideas that could help develop the essential skills for students I was always keen to give them a go. But diving into lots of things and never really developing any one thing fully or to it’s maximise potential just ended up becoming an exercise in frustration. My students couldn’t really feel confident with anything as they felt they were only just beginning to explore possibilities before having to move on to something else. Choosing the one idea or the one tool that best suited what I want to achieve at that point in time – and adding the others to a list ‘To be explored’ at a later date – meant that much more purposeful and successful outcomes were achieved.

[bctt tweet=”Do one thing and do it well! #Lifelesson” username=”donnagolightly1″]


Sometimes this is beyond our control. A common example is when senior management decide that as a staff you’re going to participate in numerous new Professional Development paths, within the same time frame. At times like this you need to prioritise for yourself – what can you personally focus on fully in order to develop your teaching journey? Don’t park the rest, just priorities your energies and be honest with your senior leadership about what you can personally achieve.

If you’re clear in your own mind what your priority is, if you focus on one thing at a time, if you do one thing and do it well, teaching just may seem a little bit less frantic and a little bit more achievable…..give it a go. You just might conjure up a different image in your mind the next time someone says….

For more ideas on managing workloads read Adrian’s blog on Winning Back Time or Sam’s blog on Making Professional Development More Effective.

Related Post

The right ways to enable AI at work – Tips for IT Lead

In today’s fast-paced workplace, maximizing efficiency while minimizing time spent on repetitive tasks is crucial. However, many staff members may feel unsure about integrating AI effectively, leading to missed productivity opportunities. As the IT lead, you can guide your team in harnessing AI’s power to streamline operations and save time. By providing clear guidance and


Streamline Your Workflow: Upgrade to Microsoft Graph PowerShell now!

Are you wondering what to do now that Azure AD, Azure AD Preview and MSOnline PowerShell modules are officially deprecated? It’s time to upgrade to Microsoft Graph PowerShell for a seamless experience! Simplify Your Workflow with Microsoft Graph PowerShell With the official deprecation of Azure AD, Azure AD Preview, and MSOnline PowerShell modules Microsoft Graph


Embracing Technological Change: A Leadership Guide

In today’s fast-paced world, technological advancements are reshaping industries at an unprecedented rate. As leaders, it’s crucial to navigate these transformations effectively and inspire our teams not only to adapt but thrive. The challenge comes when we want to integrate the authentic use and integration of technology as part of this change. Here are three


How well do you use the
Apple Apps Google Workspace Microsoft 365
tools in your workplace?

Find out if you’re working with the tools OR if you’ve got the
tools working for you.

What Industry Are You In?

Using Apple Apps, Google Workspace or Microsoft 365?

What Type of user are you?

🫣 Entry User | 🤹 Skilled User | 👑 Elite User

Take the quiz to find out. 

Privacy Policy

Using Technology Better Privacy Commitment


We hold the privacy of your personal information in the highest regard.

Using Technology Better regards customer privacy as an important part of our relationship with our customers. The following privacy policy applies to all Using Technology Better users, and conforms to Internet privacy standards.

This policy will be continuously assessed against new technologies, business practices and our customers’ needs.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact the support team on our Contact Us Page.

Collection of Information

In order to use the Using Technology Better website, we may require information from you in order to provide the best service possible.

All correspondence may also be collected and stored, particularly in regard to sales, support and accounts, including Email.

Any information collected by Using Technology Better is collected via correspondence from you or your company. This may be via the telephone, Email, mail, fax or directly through our website.

Visitors and customers of japan.usingtechnologybetter.com will have their information shared back to DAIWABO INFORMATION SYSTEM CO., LTD. and DIS Service & Solution Co., Ltd.

Use of Collection Information

Any details collected from Using Technology Better customers is required in order to provide you with our

products and/or services, and a high level of customer service.

Correspondence is recorded in order to provide service references, and to assist in our staff development.

Web Site Use Information

Similar to other commercial Web sites, our Web sites utilize a standard technology called “cookies” (see explanation below, “What Are Cookies?”) and web server log files to collect information about how our Web site is used.

Information gathered through cookies and Web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our Web site, and the Web sites visited just before and just after our Web site.

Storage of Collected Information

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) on our website, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

When Credit Card details are collected, we simply pass them on in order to be processed as required. We never permanently store complete Credit Card details.

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.

If you have any questions about security on our Website, you can email us at <ContactEmail>.

Access to Collected Information

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, delete or deactivate it by emailing us at <ContactEmail>.


If you purchase a product or service from us, we may request certain personally identifiable information from you.

You may be required to provide contact information such as:



Postal address

Your school or organisation

Financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date, name on card, card billing address).

We use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.


Using Technology Better uses personally identifiable information for essential communications, such as


Accounts information

Critical service details.

We may also use this information for other purposes, including some promotional Emails.

If at any time a customer wishes not to receive such correspondence, they can request to be removed from any mailing lists by contacting support.

You will be notified when your personal information is collected by any third party that is not our agent/service provider, so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party.

Third Parties

Using Technology Better may at its discretion use other third parties to provide essential services on our site or for our business processes.

We may share your details as necessary for the third party to provide that service.

These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose.

Using Technology Better does not share any information with third parties for any unknown or unrelated uses.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a Web site, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies.

Each Web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a Web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.

Browsers are usually set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you may alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies.

If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our site will not function as effectively when viewed by the users.

A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive or pass on computer viruses.

How Do We Use Information We Collect from Cookies?

As you visit and browse our Web site, the site uses cookies to differentiate you from other users. In some cases, we also use cookies to prevent you from having to log in more than is necessary for security.

Cookies, in conjunction with our Web server’s log files, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting our Web site and which parts of the site are most popular. This helps us gather feedback to constantly improve our Web site and better serve our clients.

Cookies do not allow us to gather any personal information about you and we do not intentionally store any personal information that your browser provided to us in your cookies.


We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Website.


Links on the Using Technology Better site to external entities are not covered within this policy. The terms and conditions set out in this privacy statement only cover the domain name of usingtechnologybetter.com

Changes to Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it periodically. If we make material changes to this policy, we will not use the personal information you have submitted to us under this Privacy Policy in a manner that is materially inconsistent with this Privacy Policy, without your prior consent

Delivery Policy

Most goods are digitally delivered instantly via email.  Our services may be delivered either via an online medium or live in person.

For our online delivery see below.  For services delivered live onsite, please refer to our speaker agreement form which is emailed to you on confirmation of booking.

Refund Policy

We do not offer refunds or returns unless we cannot supply goods or services or the goods or services are not delivered as promised.

Australian law is the governing body for all work, goods and services supplied by Using Technology Better.

Marketing Release

Using Technology Better (UTB) may film, record, and photograph me (the results of which are the “Recordings”). UTB may also incorporate into any production(s) any separate content (e.g., quotes, testimonials, biographical information, profiles, photos, videos, sound recordings, artwork, etc.) I provide to UTB or approve in writing (“Materials”).


I grant to UTB an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to, in its sole discretion, (i) edit, translate, and modify the Recordings and the Materials, (ii) attribute the Recordings and Materials to me by my name, age, and city and state of residence, (iii) incorporate the Recordings and the Materials into content to promote UTB, its programs, or products (“Content”), and (iv) publicly use, distribute, reproduce, create derivative works from, and perform/display the Content, and any excerpts thereof, in any language.

2. No Compensation.

I grant this permission without any financial or other obligation of any nature.


For any issues or concerns please contact us