So, the time has come. You are back to work. Summer days are behind you, and lists of things to do lie ahead. How do you prevent an early year burn out? How do you get back to your everyday school routine?
Wake Up Early
Now I know this is easier said than done, but setting your alarm for even a half hour earlier will help with the tasks of the day. Arrive to school a little bit earlier than normal and you won’t be rushing to get things done before your students get in. Productive morning time will also result in you feeling more prepared and ready for the day.
In teaching, it seems as if there is always tons to do and not enough time to do it. Priorities become important, especially early on in the year. Create lists with deadlines. Use a planner or calendar to document what needs to be done and by when. Get your chores done in the order they need to be completed.
Take “You” Time
Often, once school starts, we begin to neglect ourselves. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle. Before we know it, it’s December and we are preparing for winter break. It’s important to take time for yourself during the school day. Pause, reflect. Breathe! Your mental health is just as important as the forms and paperwork. A happy teacher is a more effective one!
TIP: Teachers can benefit just as students can by practicing yoga during a brain break!
As the year moves on, these tips will help too. Use that morning time, prioritize tasks and take some time for you!