When I started out in the classroom, I didn’t have a good handle on work-life balance. In fact, when I left the classroom in 2018 to move abroad I have up more than 20 days of paid leave. That’s why I am so passionate about talking with people about work-life balance for teachers. It is crucial educators have a plan in place to manage their time, practice self-care, and achieve “balance.”
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I get messages all the time from teachers telling me how much they struggle with keeping things organized, being able to be present with their family, and manage their time efficiently. They are coming to me hoping I can give them some secret to finding “balance.”
But here’s the thing…work-life balance doesn’t truly exist in the way we typically think of it. In this podcast I am talking about what work-life balance really means and how we can attempt to get things as “balanced” as possible.
I like the way Christy Wright, author of Business Boutique, puts it: “…Life balance is not about a picture-perfect life. It’s not about creating a life that looks like your sister’s, coworker’s, neighbor’s, or friend’s lives. It’s not about things being easy and clear-cut. Creating your own version of life balance doesn’t mean that you won’t have hard days or bad days or that you won’t sometimes get tired, discouraged, and burned out. There’s no version of life balance that promises that because all of those things are just a part of life. Life balance is messy because life is messy.”
Tips to Find Work-Life Balance for Teachers
Here is what we cover in this episode on work-life balance for teachers:
- Giving up over 20 days of paid leave all because I didn’t take time off
- What real “work-life balance” looks like
- The definition of routines and how they are different from your schedule
- A list of 9 routines you need in your daily life
- Why you should be “themeing” your days
- How to create routines
- Routines, structure, and work-life balance as a choice
- The free Teacher To-Do List Training to help you prioritize your daily and weekly to-dos
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