Achieving a Work Life Balance
Being a teacher and achieving your work-life balance means having to engage in all aspects of your life. A routine day for a teacher entails getting home from School, spending time with kids, tidying up the house, sneaking in a cup of tea to drain off the day’s exhaustion and then start working on some paper checking and lesson planning. A teacher’s life is a very hectic one, so more often than not, trying to multi-task leads to a lot of stress and strained family and work relations. Between paperwork, lesson planning, grading, meetings, classroom and behavioural management, test preparation, managing relationships with family, teachers can easily become physically, mentally, and emotionally strained.
Here are some tips on how to enhance your productivity at work and strike a work life balance: -:
Sorting your priorities
Prioritize what you want to do. At times we spend a lot of time on mundane tasks. Developing the habit of prioritizing will help you manage your time effectively. Make a list of things that you think are important and make a timeline. It can just be a work list or family list of your interests. For everything else, make sure you keep a reminder. Remember, you don’t need to complete every task, just the important ones!
some time out for yourself.
You can put aside some time every week where you can just be yourself. You might like to meditate, read a book for an hour or go shopping with your friends. Don’t worry if you are unable to accomplish all your tasks within your stipulated time period. Do not let yourself get overpowered by frustration and stress in the process of trying to achieve perfection in order to meet your deadlines. As you learn to shoulder more responsibilities, your to-do list will only get bigger, stay calm. It is better to feel optimistic and confident about what you’ve achieved rather than being dismal about tasks that still need to be accomplished.
Importance of talking and sharing
Communication is the essence of life. The sooner we understand the importance of talking and sharing our feelings and ideas with friends and family, the better we will be equipped to give a more meaningful direction to our professional and personal lives. Sometimes you don’t need advice, but just someone to listen to you. It is useless to waste your energy and time on things that are beyond your control and influence. Instead it is better to spend quality time with your loved ones, be it shutting down your laptops to watch a film, having a nice meal or having a night out with them.
Going beyond conventional teaching
Completing your syllabus within the stipulated time frame preparing worksheets, lesson plans, question papers and answer schemes to organizing structured revision classes with your students to clear their doubts are all part of what a teacher does on a daily basis. However, going beyond these regular tasks, a teacher needs to broaden his/her perception and connect with students to inspire them in achieving personal and academic success. Acquiring a wholesome approach to teaching, an ideal mentor should make all efforts to go beyond the conventional pedagogical methodologies. In doing so, he/she should keep abreast with the latest nuances of education through the maximum use of all available resources and technology, rendering a multi-disciplinary flavour to teaching and learning. Rather than promoting rote learning, a teacher should be a facilitator to motivate students to become life-long learners.