This year, I made one gigantic change to make my year run more smoothly...I leave early on Tuesdays!
When I first started teaching, I thought that the more time I spent on school work, the more productive I would be. The opposite is true. I became overwhelmed. There are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I would like to get done at school (or home for that matter). I never had any free time. It was a constant state of stress.
This year, I decided Tuesdays (totally random pick) would be my day to leave as soon as possible. That means I need to be out the door by 3. That gives me a 15 minute cushion of time to get anything done once door duty ends. I was still able to get a lot of grading, putting grades into the computer, and classroom cleaning done, because I had motivation.
Tonight was so freeing. I ran errands, went on a nice 3 mile walk, got some cleaning done, cooked dinner, made cookies (to keep the teachers fed during our inservice tomorrow), and read my book. I am so relaxed!
Take a day for yourself! You can thank me later!