The end of September for educators can at times be similar to the mid points of a marathon. Too late to turn around and too far ahead to think about the finish. It can be hard not to compare your journey with others-and something I used to (and still slip into) focusing on in my day to day work.
This fall I have had the opportunity to join a Women’s Bible Study looking at Jen Hatmaker’s Pulling the Thread in which I have to look at myself in the mirror and decide if what I am spending my time on is really what I should be spending my time on-or if every minute should have a deeper purpose or conviction.
Also this fall I have committed to (3) professional development opportunities that require focused time on my part. While these are big commitments-I also have had instant impact with all three opportunities. Brad Gustafson’s online supplemental course (and amazing Voxer Group) on his book Renegade Leadership is helping me re-evaluate innovation with a focus on pedagogy. Daniel Bauer’s Mastermind group is an incredible opportunity to receive feedback on leading and reading some amazing resources along the way. Last week I logged into my first ever Moodle Course to enhance my understanding of creating language-rich learning environments for our PreK-3 students.
There is no such thing as “Time Management”; there is only Self-Management. Rory Vaden- Procrastinate on Purpose.
Rory’s book has really helped me put systems in place to evaluate how I am spending my time and to take control of the margins of my work/life balance.
This year thanks to my #Work/Life/Balance Voxer Group I started using a Panda Planner with intention. I spend time each morning reflecting on went well the day before and what I am excited about for the day ahead. In these early am moments I write down what three things I will accomplish that day an revisit those things throughout the day to ensure my mantra of “Focus on What Matters” is followed through out the day.
I am grateful for members of my PLN that not only share the success-but the trials of the job. Their honesty helps me to hold the following true:
Keep putting one foot ahead of the other this year-your journey and story is important and matters.