With all of us teachers going back to work, I figured I’d share how I make sure to have the best work day. The majority of these “rituals” take place the night before, but they have worked wonders for me! There is nothing better than starting your day on a positive note.
- Have your outfit ready the night before. This is pretty self explanatory. If you are anything like me, then you feel most confident when you are dressed up! Having my outfit prepared the night before takes away the craziness of trying on multiple outfits in the morning. It is a major time saver!
- Pack your lunch and work bag the night before! This is another huge time saver! When I wake up, I like to use my time to mentally prepare rather than run around the house like a chicken with it’s head cut off. To piggy back off of this, also be sure to know where your keys are! I cannot tell you how many times I misplace my keys and have to waste my morning looking for them.
- Get a good nights sleep & wake up early. I always try to go to bed before 10 PM. That way I can guarantee a good full night of sleep. I notice I tend to be more groggy if I get to bed later. That being said, I am aware this is not always likely with kids! I’m sure this will change when we have a family, but for now I make sure to make sleep a priority. I also set my alarm early so that I can take my time getting ready.
- Eat a good breakfast at the table. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If I do not eat a good meal in the morning, then I have trouble functioning the rest of the day. Unfortunately I oftentimes forget about breakfast while getting ready, and end up rushing out the door and eating in the car. Just proves my point that I need to set my alarm earlier! Eating at the table is much more comfortable and gives me time to do my last and most important ritual.
- Write down 1 goal for your day. While eating breakfast, come up with a goal for the day. This goal can go with any aspect of my life from work to home-life. The most important thing to keep in mind when coming up with a goal is to make it REALISTIC. I write it down, because that makes me more likely to remember it. Plus nothing is more satisfying than looking back at all of my goals that I have accomplished. Some goals I have written in the past include:
- Bake my husband (then fiancé) cookies after work.
- Taking pictures of my students throughout the day (great to use for class parties).
- Ask every one of my student about their weekend (not in a large group setting).
- Clean out the craft closet.
Although each of these simple things help me have a great day, every day isn’t perfect and I’m not always prepared. The two I need to work on the most is definitely waking up early and eating breakfast at the table! That way I don’t have to rush on creating a goal in the car. This year I have a special notebook just for my daily goals. Woohoo!
As this school year approaches I will try my best to keep up with these rituals each day! I hope this list helps you too.