Best School Year Ever! Pt 2 – Time Management
Step Two – Having the Best School Year Ever
Become a successful time manager!
Just as step one to having the best school year ever was to have the best summer ever, such is the case for step two! Teachers work exceptionally hard and are all-in a vast majority of the time. Relaxing and refreshing are critical components of our success. Within this series, I suggest simple techniques that we can infuse into our lives during the summer that will help keep our lives and the lives of our students running smoothly throughout the school year! This post focuses on the critical skill of time management.
Write your lesson plans, differentiate them to meet the widely varied needs of the students, provide timely feedback, remediate, enrich, engage, connect, meet, meet again, meet about the meeting…
I find that in my life as a teacher as well as in my personal life, (Are these really two different things? That may be a subject for a future post!) the to-do lists never end. I love triumphantly checking off a task but usually follow that by adding several additional tasks to the list.
Effective time management is critical to our success. We must constantly prioritize and reprioritize our lists. Just as important, we must accept the fact that the list will rarely if ever be complete. That certainly doesn’t mean we are failing. It means that we are human, setting boundaries and preserving our sanity so that we can continue moving mountains day after day!
The slightly slower summer months are the best time for us to hone our skills as effective time managers.
Start by focusing on the following steps to master time management:
- Keep your work area consistently organized. Nobody has time to waste looking for a pen or trying to locate that nagging paperwork that must be tackled.
- Schedule your tasks just as you schedule parent-teacher conferences. You wouldn’t dream of having a conference simply whenever you get to it! The items that are on our calendar are the ones most likely to get accomplished.
- Schedule time to take proper care of yourself. For instance, blocking out the time to batch prepare several healthy meals for the week will keep you from grabbing and scarfing fast food. Too many trips through the drive-through will lead to lethargy and decreased productivity. That’s a cycle that is sure to defeat our time management abilities!
I’m willing to venture that 99 out of 100 of us, if not 999 out of 1000, are in this profession because we want to make a positive difference in this world by enriching the minds and abilities of our youth.
When we are able to properly manage our time, we can commit the highest percentage of our working day to engaging with and elevating our students. This allows us to come back fresh and inspired day after day.
Further, the better we become at mastering our time, the better we can instill this important skill in our students. By becoming proper time managers, students are able to commit quality focused time to their education, while maintaining reasonable and highly necessary leisure time. They still have time to pursue their own individual interests!
To read more about living and learning mindfully, refer to The Learning Bubble.
Please reach out as you embrace the process of becoming a more effective time manager! Let me know of both your trials and tribulations. Let’s support one another on this journey! Post comments here, but also get in touch and sign-up for free lesson plans.
As teachers, we enrich the world daily by helping students gain proficiency of their academic pursuits. While achieving this important goal, we get the added gift of being able to instill important life skills that will have our many efforts in the classroom creating immeasurable waves of positive change for society! Manage your time so that you can live fully, laugh often, and KEEP SHINING!!
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