Let’s flashback to my first year of teaching. It was a scary time in my life. I was staying until the custodians were literally kicking me out to alarm the building. I was leaving physically and emotionally drained. I still felt unprepared and my lack of sleep added no help.
I was a mess!
As years passed, I was no longer staying until the custodians kicked me out but I was still staying way past my contracted hours. I would come home too tired to exercise and way too tired to cook.
Keeping that in mind, here is my first strategy to getting you home on time. It may seem easy but you really have to stick to it.
Set an alarm!
You will be surprised every time it goes off, reminding you it is time to go home. Start by just having it go off a half hour earlier than you usually go home. See if it helps. Then you can set the alarm earlier as you progress.
Remember you can’t do everything.
I know that is what you are thinking when I told you to set an alarm. What about the science investigation, new seats and organizing my files?
I promise you will get to it!
We will talk more about how to accomplish everything you are leaving behind and how to work the most efficient in the next few blogs. 🙂