…And this is the only time I’ve had since the school year started to do any blogging. Sad and a shame!
This year has started out a little rough for me, and I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out why. Throughout first quarter, I spent way to many evenings working until 6 or later and exhausting myself. I have really struggled to find a balance between teaching and being at home, and am needing to take some more time for myself. It’s sad, but I can understand why some teachers burn out during those first 5 years of teaching. But I love my job and don’t want to burn out.
To that end, I’ve decided to make some adjustments for second quarter. These are the goals that I have set for myself and I’m hoping that I can stick to them — I’m sure I’ll feel better at the end of second quarter if I can make these a regular part of my life.
- Monday plan time is reserved for planning for the week. Ideally, this would include planning for the following Monday as well, but that’s asking for a lot.
- I tend to get fixated on a task, and then think it’s not okay to stop that task, even if it’s one that can wait. So, I’m employing a little time management tool to help me move on from one task to another. (If you’re interested in the tool, please see my post about the 30/30 app.)
- Leave at a reasonable time after school. For example, leaving at 5 pm is reasonable. Leaving at 6:30 pm is not.
- Leave when I tell Brice I’m going to leave. I’m bad about that.
- Get better about telling my wonderful colleagues that I have to get moving because there are things to do and time’s a-wastin’.
- Take one day a week for lunchtime without students in the room. I am a person that needs my “teacher minute” to take a few deep breaths and be alone. Time to actually take that time.
- Take two days each week to go home and do something for myself. Run, meditate, read, whatever.
Oh, and stop stressing about making this blog. It’ll get written. 🙂