I’m a strong believer that as teachers, we need our down time as well! I feel like teachers in general work really hard, around the clock. I always struggle with finding the right balance between work and everything else, because I do love my job and want to do all that I can to be the best teacher for my students. However, that does take a lot of time and energy.
Some tips on keeping balance in your life as a teacher:
1) Prioritize what commitments you make in school.
It is tempting to try to get involved in all these extra committees, activities, and events. Instead of spreading yourself thinly across 10 different things, commit to a few that are important to you. However, really devote your time and energy to those things you committed to.
Every year I keep coming up with new ideas and things I want to see in our school, but I have to remind myself that I am not superwoman.
2) Get your lesson plans for the following week written by Friday. This is probably one of the best tips. I usually start writing my lesson plans for the following week on Tuesday/Wednesday, so I don’t need to stress about them over the weekend. I try to keep my weekends as free as possible from school work.
3) Pursue interests outside of the teaching bubble. Learn something new.
There’s just something exciting about trying something new. I think for me it would have to be joining the hip hop ministry at my church here. Seriously, I am not a good dancer, but after overcoming the initial fears, I’m so glad that I’ve been part of it for the past few years. It was definitely not an easy thing at first, but I’ve made good friends, faced fears, and have fun doing it.
4) Make time to exercise.
This one seems kind of random, but I believe that having a healthy body will help keep things balanced. If you can find the time to exercise and keep your body healthy on a daily basis that’s a good sign. I mean it’s just hard to argue against exercising.
5) Take vacations!
Yes, you deserve it! Don’t commit your entire summer or winter vacation to professional development, programs, classes, etc. Plan trips and some down time to rest and not think about school.
In a few hours I will be on an airplane and going on vacation. More on my travels when I get back from Shanghai! 🙂
Anyone else have any good ideas on how to maintain balance in your life? 🙂