Are you off Balance?

It’s very important to maintain a career and life balance. Taking the stress of your work day home with you does not help; it actually hurts you….

Let’s be real. Education is not always hugs and kisses. Some days you will question your sanity. Ask yourself questions like “did I choose the right profession”?

Relax. Breathe.Pray.Meditate 

Yes, you chose the right profession, but make better mental decisions.

In this profession, or any for that, you cannot give your attention to every single thing. Simply put. YOU WILL DRIVE YOURSELF CRAZY.

Challenges are made to help you grow. 

It’s very import to be spiritually awakened. Prayer or meditation needs to be apart of every day of your being. It truly helps me thrive.

There are truly not enough hours in the day to get all your work done at school, unless you use good time management.
Here are a few things I’ve done that have worked for me:

  1. Limit the amount of papers that need to be graded per week. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Get creative with different informal assessments or check for understanding strategies. Activities such as think pair share are one of the great ways to assess your students. Lead4ward is your friend.
  2. Use your planning period wisely. Lesson plan or grade student work during this time. Even if that means isolating yourself from the rest of the world for 45minutes. Turn your music on and get it done. Eliminate Distractions.
  3. Recently, I felt bombarded by school emails that could honestly wait to be read while I’m at school, instead every time I got a notification email while at home, I grew disturbed. Ha! But seriously. DELETE THE APP OR TURN OFF THE NOTIFICATIONS WHILE YOU ARE AT HOME.
  4. Vent…. do not… I repeat.. do not hold all of your frustrations in! But be careful with venting while at home. Find a teacher friend or mentor that you can express your concerns and receive feedback to eliminate that concern. Write out your feelings. Don’t spread negative energy. I am a firm believer in don’t complain, if you don’t have or are seeking a solution.
  5. Before and after school, I have to listen to gospel music 🎶 or Rickey Smiley Morning Show or Steve Harvey. Start your day with positive vibes, affirmations, prayer/meditation, Tell your day what you expect it to bring, give and show gratitude, smile (faith it til you make it).

Published by Andrea Pickens and Associates, LLC

Greetings: My name is Andrea S. Pickens; I have several years of experience in education and youth development all of which include teaching and leading youth in under-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. I believe that it is critical to the academic and over success of our youth to have proper academic and social-emotional support. This support is often found in schools and after-school programs that intervene by providing tutoring/enrichment services and are equipped with effective teachers and leaders. My belief is that each child can learn, but not all children learn the same; diversity and equity is crucial to youth development. It is my mission as an educator, entrepreneur, and servant-leader to equip and empower others in youth development and education to reach our youth beyond the secondary classroom. Yours in Education, Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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