Today we’re going to talk about how to motivate yourself at work.
Are you feeling burned out? Overwhelmed?
Do you wish your administrators would make change so that you could breathe a bit at school?
This is what I’ve been noticing when talking to other teachers, and I get it because there are times when I feel exhausted as well.
There’s a lot of complaint about what administrators need to change and I fully support that, but unless we make our voices heard, it’s not within our control, so let’s manage what’s within our control instead.
#1. Integrate the “You” Factor
What do you enjoy doing? For me, it’s archaeology and music. In order to keep myself motivated, I sprinkle this into the curriculum.
What about you? Answer the following questions:
- What are you interested in or what do you enjoy doing?
- How can you integrate it into your curriculum?
#2. Embrace Reflective Practices
When I feel tired or stressed out and I need a moment, I pull out photocopied versions of my reflection sheets and have children spend some quiet time working. I do this along side them as well so we all can clear our minds together.
#3. Take a Break in Class
Unless it’s an emergency, I say no to other people’s needs and wants of me. I dim the lights in my room, lock the door, rest and eat.
To be on the safe side, I let my children know that I won’t be in the room so that they once they’re out, they must stay out during recess.
I also keep away from my computer so that I’m not tempted to reply to emails.
#4. Know that You’re Supported
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Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- We talked about the importance of keeping yourself motivated at work.
- We looked at four actionable steps that you can use to motivate yourself: integrate the “you” factor, embrace reflective practices, take a break in class, and know that you’re supported.
These steps are a way to preserve your energy and to work with what’s within your control.
In the mean time, if you’re still feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and burnout, then I encourage you to check out the following:
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I’ll see you next Friday at 5:30pm PST.
Until I see you next time, remember to create, experience & teach from the heart.