I always found that the second half of Term 3 was a grind. After a few recent conversations with Principals and Teachers, it appears that nothing has changed for the better. If anything, it’s only become more challenging with Covid and uncertainly around Remote Learning.
There is no other way to describe it; Term 3 can be a hard slog.
My intention today isn’t to write a blog so that you can click your fingers and make your life easier or fix the challenges of what lies ahead. I think that’s a little unrealistic and maybe a little patronising.
To be helpful, I thought I’d take a different path and hopefully give you a little bit of inspiration or encouragement to get through until the end of term.
This week, my message is simple…Do your best to stay in the rally. Like old mate in the video clip below, the success is in his effort, commitment, and endeavour. I believe that when we are faced with adversity, people admire effort and attitude over outcome and results.
Take this a step further and the challenge for the next few weeks is about looking for little opportunities to work smarter, not harder. Sound cliché? Yeah, I know it is. But it’s true. In schools, we all want to accomplish more in our day or have a more significant impact. I think it’s a worthy ambition.
To get you started on this quest, I’d implore you to ask yourself the following questions:
- Is there anything that I can drop or let go of that may be grinding me down?
- What can I delegate?
- What can wait until I’m fresh?
- How will I reward myself when I get there?
- How can I prioritise my greatest resource? That is your health and wellbeing.
- Do I measure my effectiveness by the right metrics? Does more time really equal a better outcome of is that just my internal voice playing tricks on me?
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