It's no secret that teachers have a lot of work to tackle, and when everything is piling up, the thought of getting started can be overhwhelming. To help minimise the risk of work getting on top of you, we've come up with 5 ways you can start making your days more productive.
1. Set out your goal and break it down into manageable tasks
If you spend too long thinking about what a huge task you have ahead of you, it can be overwhelming. Think about your goal and break it down into the steps it will take to achieve. If you take each step at a time and acknowledge your progress you will have a greater sense of achievement.
Keep your ultimate goal in mind while working on the smaller steps that lead to it to stay motivated. Never lose sight of the bigger picture.
2. Start with the most important thing
On your to-do list, there is always going to be a task that is more important than the others, no matter how big or small this task is, make sure you put this task at the very top of your to-do list.
Doing this means that the most important task gets completed first, and keeping up this practice helps with prioritisation.
3. Tackle one task at a time
You may feel very productive if you can say that you are juggling three different things at once, but in reality your split focus will be detrimental. You could find the total time it took you to complete all tasks much longer than it would have been if you’d approached them one at a time.
Commit your full attention to one task at a time to achieve the best results.
4. Take breaks
When you have a lot of work to do you may feel guilty for getting up, and may be tempted to eat lunch at your desk to save time. However, without some space away from the screen your energy levels will quickly decline. Your good intentions will actually make you less productive.
Make sure to get up and stretch, leave your desk at lunch, perhaps take a walk. Stay active, keep hydrated, and boost your concentration levels by eating fruit and avoiding sugary snacks.
5. Celebrate your achievements
At the end of the day (particularly if it’s been a tough one) you might be feeling tired and dispirited. When your motivation dips at the end of the day, take time to think about what you did to further your goal.
Reflect on what you achieved. All of your small successes will bring you closer to your ultimate goal.