April 2020 is a crazy time, y’all! Who thought 2020 would be the year of a global pandemic, social distancing, and canceling school?!? All of us are teaching from home right now and it can be a little difficult to find the motivation to do more than sit on the couch and eat chips all day.
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When it comes to working from home, I wouldn’t say I am an expert, but I have been doing it for over a year now and it has been trial and error, for sure. But I have found some things are a must when it comes to working in the same place you live.
First and foremost, you need structure. That can mean a lot of things like the structure of the sapce you are working in, structure in your day, your routines, your teaching, your “time-off”.
Yes, you heard me, even taking some time off and relaxing requires a little bit of structure. Really everything needs a structure.
How to Stay Productive While Teaching from Home
Organize Your Workspace
Let’s start with your workspace. Ideally, a separate area of the house with a desk and space to put your teaching or work supplies would be the best.
But it’s not always possible. In fact, I have my own little office nook in my house with a full office setup but somedays I just wanna sit at the kitchen table. Even when I do that, I still have structure. I bring my notes journal, my planner, my jar of flair pens, and my Powersheets journal. Those are the things I need to ensure that I stay productive.
Structuring Your Day
Next is structuring your day. You do this two ways. One is through a schedule whereas the other is through routines.
If you are feeling out of balance or like this quarantine thing is throwing you off your rocker, really ask yourself “do I have a schedule?” Of course a schedule isn’t going to fix things like your husband being home all.day.long or your kids asking for snacks every thirty minutes. But the great thing about a schedule is it helps you get back on track when you get off.
Structure Your Teaching
You also need structure to your teaching. You need an organized way to communicate with parents and students, an organized way to send a receive materials. All of this needs to be thought out as much as possible.
I’ve opened up the Working from Home: Teacher’s Edition free mini-course and it is available for you today to help you set up the routines, structures, and boundaries you need to try and stay sane while you blend teaching from home. I’ll share more about what’s included at the end.
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Until next time,