A well-being resolution for the new term

I’ve been pretty quiet on here for the past few weeks, and I’d like to think there’s a pretty good reason for it. Usually the two week break provides me with a lot of time for catching up on my blog, burying myself in study or school work and coming up with new ideas for my classroom. I usually spend a lot of time on my computer during this period.

But these holidays have been a bit different. I started to realise, that my devices – as much as I love them – had become almost an extension of my physical self. I was constantly clicking, tapping, typing and swiping. And it was exhausting.

So it was clear that it was time to take some action with a self-imposed social experiment. I banned myself from my technology. Not entirely (baby steps…Rome wasn’t built in a day, people!) but with significant limitations. I have opened my laptop on four occasions only – to do my tax, to work with a colleague for a day on English and EAL planning and programming, for my final day of my Grad Cert, and to write this blog post. I also switched off my ipad and put it away for three entire days (this is a big deal for me).

When Β I say I didn’t disconnect entirely, I did maintain my social media interactions, but only on my phone. And let’s face it, who can read off of that size of screen for too long.

By switching off from work and the constant updates of friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances in Adelaide, interstate and overseas, I actually found myself with a lot more time on my hands to do things like this:

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and this…

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Some more of this…

running

which, if I’m honest, probably looked more like this…

treadmill

I also got a far better quality of what I find I lack most during the term…

sleeping

So, as we enter the new term, I have set myself a resolution. I am going to disconnect more often. My ipad and laptop will be switched off from 9pm on weeknights. I will not respond to emails post 9pm. I figure if I am working past that time on a regular basis, I am probably not working effectively and therefore doing myself and my students a disservice. Of course, there may be the very RARE occasion where I have to work late – that happens in all jobs sometimes – but I will make more time to prioritise myself and my friends and family.

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2 responses

  1. Hands down your best blog post to date and the one that will make you a more effective teacher (and able to stick with teaching for the long haul)- I was fist pumping in my mind. Good luck with it πŸ™‚ I have found it is helpful to schedule one night a week for ‘me’ time- where I can watch tv, have a bath, craft, do whatever I want as well as a date night to spend with my husband. The other three nights are either school work or socialising. These two nights really help me to keep sane πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Samara πŸ™‚

      Making time to relax and do the things I enjoy doing is definitely a must and I’m gradually getting better at it. It has never been my strong point but while I was a student and at home, I didn’t have the added responsibility that comes with being an entirely self-sufficient adult, so I got away with it. But I recognise not getting a handle on it now will just burn me out.

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