I found this week incredibly long and couldn’t get on top of my never ending to do list. I just couldn’t kick myself into gear and the workload was growing incredibly big – both in terms of school work, the blog, and other commitments. Yesterday and today I took some time to think how next week (and the rest of the school year) could be better and less chaotic and stressful.
Written to do lists
I found this week that I kept forgetting about different things that needed to be done and was getting nothing I had wanted to do completed. So today I sat down and wrote a list of the things that need to be completed in the next few days and soon realised that there wasn’t as much as I had originally thought. I write down every single thing that I think of.
Once the to do list is written – I find it really helpful to split it into categories – home/school/fitness/hobbies etc. Then I choose the day that it will be completed.
I had a wonderful SNA last year who was more than willing to go above and beyond. She was dedicated and I’m really lost without her this year. At the beginning of the year, I didn’t want to give her ‘menial’ tasks like photocopying, laminating and cutting etc. but she insisted and was delighted when I asked her to do these jobs. This gave me lots of time to get other jobs finished!
The summer was brilliant as there was no need for time management but I’ve found it tricky to manage my time so far this year.
Try to give yourself less time than you think a task/ tasks will really take. You’ll be surprised with how quickly you can get things done. I find that if I set a timer for myself to complete tasks then I usually get them done in that time.
Procrastination is my worst enemy – I love popping in for a chat with colleagues after the day but 30-40 minutes later, I could still be sitting in their room while they do little jobs that I need to complete myself. Last year we had a ‘corrections club’ where we chose a room to work in, had a chat and still got the tasks we needed to get done finished. If a job takes less than 5 minutes to do – do it when you think of it rather than leaving it or waiting for a ‘better’ time.
Take time off
It is probably the last thing you’ll think of when you feel stressed/overwhelmed but taking some time off is often hugely beneficial as you can approach the workload again with a clearer head. Whether thats taking an hour to stroll around the shops/ sit and have a coffee/ do a fitness class/ go for a swim or to the gym/ meet up with friends/ visit family – take the time and enjoy it! We started this year with ‘Cake and Chats’ with some of the girls from school so even though I felt I had a million things to do I still left it all and went and felt so much better afterwards!
Cut off point
I broke my own 8 o clock rule last week. This week, I’ll be leaving the phone upstairs and turning the laptop off at 8pm to make myself stop working. The same goes for leaving school – I never stay later than 4pm.
Don’t beat yourself up
I sometimes find that when I feel stressed/overwhelmed I make matters worse by getting annoyed with myself for not being more organised/ planning better/ being better with time management. This does nothing but add to the stress.
When you feel stressed/ overwhelmed know that it is ok. Everyone has tough days/weeks and there is no point beating yourself up for not being ‘perfect’. Do something you enjoy and leave the never ending to do list for another day – it will get done.
I saw this today from First Grade Fun Times and thought it was brilliant!