After signing up for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, I checked my email and saw A.J. had sent me something about a webinar from Angela Watson. It was called “How to Trim an Hour or More from Your Work Week.” I chuckled. A.J. must really have my number! I signed up for the webinar, but wasn’t actually sure I’d be able to fit it into my schedule.
I took the opportunity to watch the webinar and I’m really glad I did. Apparently there are many teachers feeling as overwhelmed as I am these days. These are the things I’m going to work on to try to free up an hour or more from my work week.
- Reduce my workload by relaxing my standards and plan less. I cannot give 100% to every task. More importantly, not every task is worth it. Over planning can cause unnecessary stress. I hoping to cut down planning for my absences on Thursday and Friday in half.
- Increase my efficiency by tossing out unneeded stuff as I come across it. Don’t let artwork from students pile up. Let them hang it up around the room. Don’t make extra copies of worksheets.
- Manage my time effectively by prioritizing to-do lists so I know what I have to work on during each block of time. “The purpose of list making is not to get every item done. The purpose is to be intentional with my time.” I also want to work on setting a schedule to limit how long I will work, but I seriously struggle with keeping regular routines. Apparently “normal” people have routines. I never do things the same way twice. Even my morning routine varies from day to day. Do you think it’s even possible to change this?
- To alleviate the stress in my life I’m going to cut myself some slack. I’m a perfectionist that never feels like I measure up to my own high expectations. I’m also going to start taking care of myself by exercising at least 5 days per week for 30 minutes.
Now I’m considering signing up for Angela Watson’s 40 Hour Teacher Work Week Club. You can read more about it at https://join.40htw.com/40htw-2/.