Last school year was quite hard for me. I engaged in several projects at the same time. I was away with students or teachers for longer than my family deserved. I was on a plane for 17 times. I prepared workshops, conferences and webinars. I worked all weekends with no exception. I lost my Head teacher who had been working with me for the past 20 years. Ufff. You name it.
At the end I was a complete wreck but still strong enough to go to Oxford again and attend Exeter College’s Teacher Seminar for 2 weeks. It was so hard to get started. I hadn’t been sleeping much and my memory was really affected. It seemed impossible to focus during lectures and yet they were incredibly interesting. I felt so bad, irritaded, moody. Not even pills seemed to help me get through. Anxiety always takes the best over me.
This year I decided I would do things differently. I did.
Here’s how my kit works
- Expand week time work so that weekend is left (rather) free to rest and enjoy family activities. Who wants to have a crumpy mum complaining about her work misfortune?
- Refrain from working after 9pm as it troubles the sleep and stirs your brain in a way it does not let you relax
- Control anxiety to avoid wanting everything done NOW. It kills you and the others. There won’t be much damage if THE worksheet is not done for tomorrow.
- Do not despair if you’ve left something unbelievably and undescrivably important at home. There are sure other alternatives. Teachers are the best to find a Plan B.
- Stop thinking abot work everytime you’re with friends. Going for a walk does not have to mean you will be looking for nice quotes or realia. Leave resource hunting for some other time
- Do not take work with you if you’ve arranged a weekend out. You won’t have your head free to be with the people who love you, and work will not be productive either
- Do not drink too much coffee. It provides fake energy which will leave much more tired after the cafein effect is gone.
🙂 It was really important to revisit this 30 Goal Challenge and get a badge!