What strategies do you use to manage workload and protect your well being?
Setting small achievable targets works well for me. Also, I give myself 5 things per week to achieve, 1 per day. I don’t leave on a Friday till it’s done which works out 90% of the time. My school isn’t brilliant for wellbeing but our KS1 team are all fab. We do an exercise class ran by a professional instructor once per week for all staff. We all go out together at the end of each term. Birthdays are celebrated etc. There’s still some way to go for us as a school but we are a working progress!
What advice would you give anyone who felt like giving up?
My advice is to look at what it is that is causing you the most difficulty and stress. Don’t try to fix it quickly, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Think of small achievable things you can do to help you. And don’t be afraid to ask for help, there’s no such thing as a silly question. A few times I’ve learnt that the hard way!! Obviously we all have our down days. If I feel like I’m having a bad one, I tend to go home early and take my mind off it. Go out for dinner, catch up on TV, a drink with friends etc. I’m 7 years in now and still learning to manage each day at a time.
Sum up our profession in 5 words.
Teamwork makes the dream work.