Ugh…May. Yes the weather is nice and summer vacation plans are soon to become a reality, but it’s crazy time for educators, especially school administrators. While we are working hard to support our staff (who are also working extremely hard) to make sure the year finishes strong, we are also deep into planning next school year. There are budgets to create and present, class lists to make, and positions to fill. Most of the evenings this past week have found me reading teacher applications, scoring teacher applications, and then doing screening interviews with candidates over the phone. Last week I got home before 9 p.m. once during the week. Maybe this is how accountants and tax preparers feel in the months and weeks leading up to April 15.
This isn’t a complaint. I work in great school district with dedicated passionate co-workers and supportive parents. The work we do is incredibly important, so I better be working hard to meet the necessary expectations.
My keys to surviving and thriving during this part of the school year:
- Rely on my system of organization. I’m a Getting Things Done disciple and it’s helping me keep my head clear during this busiest time of the year.
- Get out of the office. I do have a lot of office work right now with encroaching deadlines, but maintaining a meaningful presence in classrooms, the playground, in the cafeteria, etc. is what I need to do to remind me of what is important.
- Recess duty. The weather is nice and the kids love it (me too) when I am the all-time pitcher and referee during kickball on the playground. Sunshine and physical movement are good for lessening stress.
- Family time. Smooches from Dear Wife and hearing “I love you Daddy” from my short people is so important.
- Nature time. Dear Wife kicked me out of the house last night with my fly rod and waders to go stalk some trout. Just what I needed.
- Sleep. I’m not getting enough, but I know it’s important.
- Reflection. Doing that right now as I type this post. Take note of all that you need to do, and take stock of all that is going well. Meaningful hard work leads to a sense of meaningful accomplishment.