In order to do your best work, you need to take care of your basic needs–rest, food, and relationships. With after-school activities, meetings, and events, your calendar is full to bursting. Make time to set the foundations of self-care that will power your job.
Tip 1: Set a go-to-bed reminder. You have a reminder to wake up on time every morning–your alarm clock–so add one to start your sleep. Think about how much sleep you need to feel ready to start your day, and set a reminder on your clock or phone. Making an action plan helps you follow through on your goals.
Tip 2: Pack snacks. It’s easy to miss lunch if you’re leading a meeting at noon every day–and that can diminish your ability to do your best work in the afternoon. A stash of energy-boosting food in your desk, backpack, or office ensures that even if the cafeteria is closed, you can still replenish your energy.
Tip 3: Find a moment of separation. Working in schools can fill every moment of your life if you let it. Choose at least one thing this week that you will keep separate from work–a family dinner, a brisk walk, a new novel--and follow through. That means no conversation about colleagues or productivity podcasts; instead, commit to your relationships, environment, or simple enjoyment.
Welcome to the Six Week Sprint - a series of weekly reminders designed to encourage you to set your intentions and take action. In just a few minutes every week, you can take concrete steps to meet your goals. Look for your Sprint tips every week through the start of September.
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