We all need reminders about keeping the balance in our lives. Much of our energy comes from our daily and weekly routines. The habits that we use throughout our day can either provide us with power or make us feel drained.
Summer is the perfect time to try out new routines and established the ones that work, so that we can hit the school year with these energizing habits already in place.
- Set your Basic Needs
- Set Attainable Goals
- Focus on Small Pleasures
- Budget Time for Fun
Work it Into Your Lifestyle
The best routines are the ones that fit seamlessly into your existing lifestyle. Plan ahead, and double up the use of your time. This can also free up other time for personal use.
Resources and Information
Teachers shouldn't have to choose between being a great at their job teacher and being a part of a family, or having our own life. There are many lists and other resources online that can offer advice. Skim through a few, and pick the ideas that suit your lifestyle:
A work-life balance list from the Guardian for teachers that explores some of the common problems: Don't over commit to tasks; Don't reinvent the wheel; Have fun.
Many more useful ideas in this list from Concordia University. Take note of what works for you!
And another list of ideas, mostly in point form, from a website called Teaching Tricks.
Mike Anderson hosts a recorded webinar titled The Well Balanced Teacher in which he presents clear, memorable and well-organized ideas. The layout is at 8:00 of the video, and the section on Confidence at Work (starting at 26:08) includes a useful list of habits and strategies.
Pay Attention...to your life. If Zen Narratives speak to you, then check this short story by Marc Lesser.