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Reclaim Your Weekends Off-Time: Strategies for Work-Life Balance


 16th January 2024

Teaching is one of the demanding professions that demands constant attention and improvement in teaching methods from the teacher’s side to make the learning experience more engaging. Unlike other working industries, teachers have to be present both physically and mentally during school hours by being attentive to cater to the different learning needs of students. This constant presence can drain and exhaust the teachers, which leads to stress and not being able to enjoy their off days like “Sunday night” or weekends off-time.

According to wordsrated.com survey, it has been found out that almost 57% of teachers have little or no time to enjoy their lives due to the stresses that come along with the teaching profession.

Teacher work-life balance statistics
Source: wordsrated.com
 

To manage different responsibilities like- managing the classroom, understanding and catering to student's needs, and fulfilling any other administrative tasks that add to the never-ending workload.

If you’re also going through a stressful situation in your teaching profession, then no need to worry because, in this blog post, we have shared various strategies to lead a healthy work-life balance and reclaim control over your Sunday nights to rejuvenate and enjoy.

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So, without any further delay, let’s get started.

1. Prioritize and Plan Your Week

One of the effective ways to reclaim your Sunday night is to make plans and prioritize ahead. You can utilize digital tools or planners to plan your entire week including lesson planning, assignments, and deadlines. This will give you a clear picture of what task you need to complete and allocate time for each task efficiently for the whole week.

Additionally, you can consider prioritizing tasks can also help. Make sure you finish your most important one first which will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

2. Efficient Lesson Planning

Preparing lesson plans can take a lot of your time and energy. We suggest you to streamline the process of the lesson planning process. You can create reusable lesson templates and resources that you can adapt in different lessons as well.

You can consider collaborating with other teachers to exchange lesson plan ideas with each other which helps both parties to lighten the workload which will allow you to spend your Sunday nights more freely without any stress.

3. Utilizing Grading Strategies

Grading students can become an endless task for teachers. To simplify and speed up the grading process you can use rubrics or checklists, which can help you to assess student’s work or test results more efficiently.

Alternatively, you can also consider experimenting with other alternative assessment methods that focus on qualitative feedback rather than the orthodox quantitative grading system to make the grading task less time-consuming.

4. Set Boundaries

Most of the teachers often find it difficult to separate their professional and personal lives. It is essential for teachers to establish clear boundaries between work and personal life to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

We suggest you while spending off-time on weekends avoid checking any emails or engaging in work-related activities unless it’s super important which can reduce stress levels significantly. You can also consider communicating your boundaries to your colleagues, parents, and students, which ensures that you spend your off time peacefully without any stress.

5. Delegate and Collaborate

Every teacher always thinks that they have to do everything on their own. However, you can consider delegating certain responsibilities to your capable teaching assistants or even students, which can help you to maintain your workload. You can even collaborate with your colleagues to exchange ideas, and brainstorm solutions for teaching obstacles, and even sharing tasks will foster a collaborative environment and reduce workload-related stress.

6. Make Self-Care a Priority

Self-care is one of the important aspects that every teacher should focus on. It should be on the top of the priority list. You must consider engaging in activities that bring joy and give you an opportunity to rejuvenate yourself to become a more effective teacher. Engage in activities like- reading a book, doing exercises, doing yoga, or even going for a walk, which can help you to forget about your stressful work life and enjoy your Sunday nights.

Every Teacher Deserves Some Off-Time To Relax

Every teacher has many responsibilities to fulfill on a daily basis, which can leave them feeling stressed and burned out. Teachers need some time off or Sunday night where they can spend their time relaxing and rejuvenating themselves by being involved in their favourite activities.

Those teachers, who have pursued courses like Certificate in Pre and Primary Teacher Training Course, know the value of taking Sunday night or weekend off-time to relax and how to balance their work life and personal life successfully.

However, in this blog post also, we have shared various strategies with which you can reclaim your earned Sunday nights and how you can recharge your energy to become a more effective teacher, which ultimately improves student engagement rate in the school as well.

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Written By : Park Jin Ae

 

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