Based on how often the Arizona K12 Center features topics related to the stress of teaching on it’spodcast and its page, I thought I might share a new self-care technique I discovered a while back.
Never mind the details about the complexity of my first quarter or about how I feel and express stress. I’ll just assume that if you keep reading it’s because you’re looking for something, anything, to help you manage and cope with the your own hot mess. I hope you can find some use for what follows.
Early in the quarter I realized that tools like to-do lists, daily affirmations, and rigid scheduling might have their place, but weren’t sufficient to help surf the waves that Hurricane 2018 kept throwing my way. So on Sunday evening about four weeks ago, I discerned that my weeks follow a general pattern. That led me to come up with a word or phrase customized for each day to provide the push to keep on keeping on. (Does anyone still say that?)
Here is my weekly list:
Tuesday: Pace yourself
Wednesday: Throttle back
Thursday: Loose ends
Friday: Finish strong
Saturday: Half work, half play
Sunday: Keep the Sabbath
Having the list, which fits my workflow like glove, automates (or at least heavily informs) a lot of decision-making and enables me to be more present and more relaxed.
And that provides balance and motivation.
And that amounts to a self-care tool worth trying.
So, if you’re of a mind, remember a couple of key points. First, fine tune your list to the match the pattern of your weeks. Second, choose words or phrases that focus on present and near term needs. For example, tying up loose ends on Thursday frees time on Friday and Saturday to focus on planning instead of catching up. And that builds momentum for Monday.
I don’t know what to call this technique. Maybe you can help. It’d also be cool if any reader posted his or her list in the comment section. In any case, keep on keeping on.
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