March 13, 2014, 9:00 pm Eastern

We all know there is a difference between being busy and being productive. Personal productivity is using your time working toward your goals. Bringing technology into the classroom brings with it more opportunities for distraction and an overload of information. However, technology also has the potential to help educators and students get more done with less time.

Time management guru David Allen calls personal productivity “advanced common sense.” That’s because it can take years to figure out what works for you. It's very helpful to learn how others are improving their personal productivity, so we spent the hour of #BYOTchat discussing how to upgrade productivity for ourselves and for students!

I had the privilege of moderating March 13th's BYOT chat on Twitter from 9:00-10:00 pm (EST). I posed nine questions over the course of the hour. When responding to one of these questions, chatters prefixed their tweets with A1, A2, A3, etc. to indicate what they were replying to. Scroll down to read the archive of the chat.

  • Q1: What keeps you from being more productive? 9:01 pm

  • Q2: Tell us about how a specific technology has helped you save time or manage your time. 9:07 pm

  • Q3: How do you keep from drowning in email, notifications, tweets, posts, etc.? 9:14 pm
  • Q4: Share some strategies for staying focused & reducing distractions. 9:20 pm
  • Q5: What's the best way for students to learn time management skills? 9:26 pm
  • Q6: How can teachers & students manage their URLs, PDFs, bookmarks & other digital resources? 9:32 pm
  • Q7: What are effective ways for teachers & students to manage passwords? 9:38 pm
  • Q8: How can technology make a classroom run more smoothly? 9:44 pm
  • Q9: How can we help students be more productive? 9:52 pm

BYOT chat happens Thursdays from 9:00-10:00 pm (EST) on Twitter using the hashtag #BYOTchat. You can view tweets from the chat by searching Twitter for the keyword #BYOTchat.

Keep tweeting about personal productivity using the hashtag #4productivity.

You might notice that I prefix my tweets with @tonychats. By starting with a username that no one else follows, I can filter out tweets from my followers' timelines. Only those who visit my Twitter page or those who are searching for #BYOTchat will see my tweets. I do this because moderating a chat can generate a lot of tweets and I don't want my followers to feel spammed.