You’re wearing several hats. As a teacher, business owner, loved one, friend, and whatever else you’ve got going on, there are a lot of things to juggle. And each role is important! So how do you balance it all?! If you’re going through life just trying to survive, I’m here to offer a few tips that can take you from surviving to thriving – so you can live your life AND love it, too! Keep reading and I’ll tell you how.
- Schedule time for each role. I’m sure you’ve already learned this, but it’s impossible to balance everything in your head. You can only focus on one thing at a time, so create time blocks for each of your roles! By setting a designated time for each area of your life, you can be truly present and give each role your very best.
- Pro Tip: If you find yourself thinking about your business while you are teaching, or you can’t focus on spending time with your kids because you’re too busy thinking about tomorrow’s lesson plan, have a designated place to write your thoughts/ideas down & forget about it! The next time you are focused on that area, start the time by reviewing any notes you had left for yourself.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate! You probably cringe every time you hear that word, but hear me out: in order to thrive in every area of your life, you’ve got to make sure you are keeping everyone around you in the loop regarding what’s actually going on in your life. Here are some examples to give you an idea of what I mean:
- If someone is asking you to do something and you don’t understand what they want from you, ask clarifying questions! You’ll save yourself a ton of time if you communicate on the front end instead of trying to figure it out yourself.
- If you find that you’re spending too much time on something and it’s starting to overwhelm you, ask for help! You can delegate the project to someone else. Peace of mind is way more valuable than you realize.
- If you already have too much on your plate and someone asks you to commit to yet another project, say no! No is not a bad word. It can be difficult to say, but it’s such a freeing feeling when you know your priorities and can communicate them clearly. Don’t allow your valuable time to be taken away by something that’s not a priority to you.
- Use your ‘teacher talents’ to your advantage! Sure, you’ve got a lot on your plate, but c’mon! You’re a teacher. You have superpowers. You can multitask like nobody’s business, organize schedules, keep 20+ students in line for hours on end, and add value to everyone around you. Start applying these skills and talents to the rest of your life and you’ll be amazed at what you are capable of.