Maybe this week you could sit down and have a think about last week – what days did you have more get up and go? Why was that? What days did you feel exhausted? Why was that? Once you have reflected, it’s time to PLAN your week around your answers. For me, Thursdays are my busiest day – so I know that if I stay late on a Wednesday and then go into a full busy day on the Thursday, it can leave me feeling tired and low 😣. And so, I make a conscious effort to leave the building as close to school finishing time as I can on Wednesdays. On a Monday, to help with those Monday blues, I schedule in an early gym session 🏋🏼♀️ to give me the boost of endorphins that help me tackle Monday with a positive mindset.
The point is this – reflect on what your pinch points are and then give yourself permission to structure your week to support yourself with what feelings come up.
Remember what I’ve said before – the to do list will never be totally complete, and that’s okay; it’s the nature of the job. So we have to give ourselves permission and not beat ourselves up about not staying late every night and working ourselves into the ground! A well rested teacher with a good work/life balance is a happy teacher 😊🖤✨