Sunday, 8 January 2012

New Year's Resolution

I don't usually make a New year Resolution, because I know I'm likely to fail and then feel bad. This year however, I waited a few days until I returned to work and could think about how I want to get that better 'work-life-balance' that I have previously posted about.

So I've decided my New Year Resolution is to leave work earlier. As a primary school teacher I'm fortunate enough to leave work by 4pm, and although I definitely have say 2 hours more work each evening, I find I am far more productive doing it at home as I faff at school. I end up doing nothing much, till 6pm when school closes, perhaps fiddling with a display or moaning with a colleague about all the work to be done (!), and then low and behold, I still have the work to be done at home.
Three days out of 5 I will leave school at 4pm.

And I have resolved to go to bed earlier. A lot of health and well-being is wrapped up in getting enough sleep and I need at least 8 hours in order to feel my best.

Two years ago, when I last had a class responsibility, rather than just teaching dance like last year, I ran myself into the ground. I worked at least 70 hour weeks and had about 5 hours sleep each night - I did not feel good and had a mini break down.

I'm managing far better this year but I still need to look after myself as work as a teacher can be addictive  - the job is never finished.

Beauty sleep and a good work-life-balance - I'm looking forward to 2012.

Liz xxx


The Patchwork Heart said...

hi Liz and Happy New Year! take good care of your self. We have much in common, Iwanted to emailyou but canot find your email, if you would like to chat please contact me at
i too am a teacher and vicars wife :-)

Liz said...

Thank you Heather, i really appreciate your care - I will email you. It's good to meet folks with similar experiences. xxx

Love, Love, Love said...

Hello lovely...a good and well thought out resolution....realising what needs to be done better is a very good start towards achieving it as at least you start off walking in a straight line towards to the finish line...see you soon xxx