Here’s How I Carve Out Time For Myself as a Teacher

It’s all about finding small moments to breathe, recharge, and savor the time spent with your loved ones.

Courtesy of By Julia Sudnitskaya / Shutterstock
Courtesy of By Julia Sudnitskaya / Shutterstock

I arrive to school early. That is my “me time.” I have coffee and take the time to go talk to my friends (at this point of the day, they are not my co-workers). Creating this bond just strengthens the school as a whole once the bell rings. During this time, it’s all about friendship — no emails, and no work. I never take work home over the weekend. That time is sacred time for my family and myself to recharge for the next week. I may check some emails, but I never grade all day over a weekend. Things can wait. I go see my granddaughter, and I make time for my family. If we can not find the time for ourselves, we lose ourselves, and therefore can not provide the best of ourselves in that classroom environment.

Both my husband and I are teachers. The only weekend work we do is on Sunday mornings — we both make sure our lesson plans are done. This takes maybe 30 minutes, and then the rest of the day is our time. Driving home from work is great as well — it’s a 35-minute drive to reflect on what went wrong and what went well. My husband and I will have quickly review our days, and then they’re done. There’s no hashing it out over and over. Everyone needs something that works for them.  Find it — it could be a mani-pedi to relax after a long week, or a quiet moment to hug your loved ones.

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