It’s Sunday morning and a new month. I am ready to prepare for an awesome week and Spring Break in two weeks. I normally try to do nothing on Sunday’s besides get my house in order but my goal for this month is to not feel rushed each morning, so I am being more proactive so I can have a calm classroom.
Prioritize With “Must Dos” and “May Dos”
In order for me to have a calm classroom, I need to prioritize my “must do’s” and “may do’s”. Hmm, you might be thinking that everything is a priority. Yes, it is but in order to make sure that I am using my time effectively and keeping balanced, prioritizing your tasks each week is so important. I might not get through all of my tasks, but this process is going to help me and make my goal setting more realistic given the time I have to tackle them. How do you spend your Sundays?
The next thing that I am going to do is meal prep. Meal prepping for me does not mean cooking all the food and having it organized in the fridge. Meal prep for me is writing down in my planner what I am going to have for breakfast and lunch. I also have to make sure that my frig, is fully stocked with veggies and other nutritious foods, so I can grab and go. Due to the nature of some of the challenging behavior in my classroom, at times I am not able to have a hot lunch so the grab and go works for me, along with my nutritional shake. How do you prep for the week, so you are not gravitating to those sugary snacks?
Plan My Outfits
When I was growing up, my mom always told me to take my clothes out for the next day. This is a lifesaver, and yes I still do it today. If I do not do it, I have a tendency to change too many times in the morning.
All I have to do is roll out of bed, push play on my workout program and then go take a shower and get dressed for the day. Sometimes I do not want to roll out of bed, but I need that 20-30 minutes in the morning to get my mind right to face the day. Are you getting your 20-30 minutes each day, so you can maintain your balance?
Pack My Bag The Night Before
The one thing that I do struggle with is packing my bag the night before. I am going to make more of a conscious effort this month to have my bag ready and at the door the night before, so I can just push brew on my coffee pot and then pick up my bag and walk out the door. What is your morning routine?
Relax Mind, Body, and Spirit
The biggest challenge for me is going to relax my mind, body and spirit once I get home from work. Every day for me is different, but instead of rushing to put more things on my to-do list when I get home I need to stop and step away for a minute and pause and reflect on the day.
Journalling is key, and my husband can attest that I have so many blank books that are waiting for my words, so I can inspire others to be the best person for themselves and the students that they encounter on a daily basis. How are you reflecting on your day? Are you celebrating your successes?
It takes consistency and planning, but it is important to maintain your balance and prepare for a week ahead, especially if you are working in a challenging classroom. Use these ideas to set up your week for success. If you need more specific help on prioritizing your week and setting the stage to balance your teaching, home and classroom schedule a time to chat or email me at email@example.com