Tomorrow is the first school day for students in our school district. Every year, I like to set goals for myself so I figured this would be the day to do it. This year my school is implementing "The Leader in Me" process, which utilizes the 7 habits of highly effective people. Goal setting is what the habit "Begin with the end in mind" is all about. Here are my goals for this school year:
1. Spend more time working with students.
Sometimes the deadlines and paperwork take up so much of my time that I leave work feeling like I did not touch the lives of any students that day. Surprise! I was told a few days ago that I am teaching a special this year which at first really freaked me out because its very time consuming. But once I really thought about it, I realized this is the perfect way to meet my goal of spending more time with students.
2. Lead a healthier lifestyle.
This past pre-planning week I did not strive to meet this goal. I made no time to eat lunch and was so hungry that by the time I got home I scarfed down the first thing I could, which was not a healthy item. I made no time for the gym or exercise because I was too tired. I fully believe in work life balance and this is one area I am determined to improve for my own well being. For tomorrow, I packed my healthy lunch and breakfast smoothie so I am hoping to start off right.
3. Learn to say "no" more.
I am a people pleaser, like most people in this profession and unfortunately, that can be taken advantage of. I will do all that I can to help students and parents but sometimes I have to learn to say no. Especially if it involves me working long hours that burn me out. No one benefits from having a burnt out counselor, least of all the kids.
Those are my 3 goals for the school year. Have you set any goals this school year? How will you achieve them? Make sure to make time in your day for YOU. Alright new school year, here we go!