As educators, we often juggle many things in our lives. In addition to our specific job roles, we tend to take on a variety of other responsibilities inside and outside of school. Now that the school year is underway, you may be feeling overwhelmed and wondering how in the world you will keep all the balls in the air. This post is personally relevant to me; right now, I am struggling. I decided to take a step back and give you (and myself) some advice on how to find balance when juggling it all.
Plan and Prioritize
It can be very daunting to think about all the things you have to do in a day, week, or month. Taking time to do a “brain dump” of all the things you need to do can help you be purposeful in how you will get them all done. Organize your list by prioritizing the things that need to be done first and the things that can be easily accomplished. Next, plan out (specifically!) when you will do or complete the other tasks. Creating a plan and checking items off your list will make you feel less stressed.
It’s Okay to Say No
When looking through the items on your to-do list, you may notice some things you do not have time to do or that do not align with your personal or professional goals. Be realistic about what you can actually do given your other commitments. It is okay to say no! As educators, we often get roped into different things because we feel obligated or we truly want to help. Determine what things you cannot commit to and regretfully decline them. Be prepared by planning what you will say when someone asks you to take on a new task or project. If you take on too much, you will be less effective in all of your other roles and responsibilities.
Schedule Time for Play
It can be hard when you are in the swing of the school year to remember to schedule time for nonschool or nonwork activities. Take time to schedule events that are enjoyable. Schedule time to read that book you have been meaning to read. Schedule fun events with friends and family. If you work all the time and don’t take time out to enjoy yourself, it is very easy to get burned out.
Also check out my Free Spirit Publishing Counselor’s Corner post It’s Okay to Hold All the Frogs for some suggestions for self-care.
What tips do you have for finding balance while juggling it all?
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