Taking time to reflect and just be still is a luxury in our times. The days can be so hectic and frantic that you often don’t have time to come up for a breath.
This is why it is so important to take some time away from it all. Even if it for just twenty minutes, you owe it to yourself and to everyone around you. It will re-focus you, centre you, allow you to evaluate your circumstances and be able to see things more clearly. Whatever you do during this time will depend on your personality or how you are feeling. Some days a run is a good way to expend excess energy or to just get rid of the ‘cobwebs,’ so to say. Other days just listening to music, reading, drawing, being quiet, or any other hobby that you enjoy can be a therapeutic exercise to help you tackle whatever is thrown your way.
So many people in our profession get completely worn out and tired, to the point that it affects their relationships, their health and their sanity. We have all seen this happen. However, if we are not the ones to shift this and alter the ways in which we work, the problem will only keep perpetuating itself. If we don’t make the change, who will? Especially if you are in a leadership position, it is your responsibility to model a good work/life balance as much as you possibly can. You set the expectations, but many teachers need to be taught the relevant skills in order to ‘work smarter and not harder.’
I am committed to doing this and will not be swayed differently. Facilitating the Middle Leadership Programme for the NCSL, made me realise the importance of keeping firm to this. Participants have come back to me to tell me what a difference leaving just two days early, has made on their life. Imagine this. Something so simple, but often incredibly hard to do in our profession (for a number of reasons).
So, take time for yourself. No matter how you do this, it will make a difference…..
What changes will you begin to make?
Remember, you don’t just owe it to yourself, you owe it to everyone around you.
Make the change today.