A gentle admonishment from a parent… just what I needed to 1) have a good chuckle at myself, 2) step away from my phone, and 3) cut myself some slack in general.
Do you catch yourself taking things WAY TOO SERIOUSLY? It’s a tough call. We are talking about hundreds of students, responsibility to staff and 24/7 communication channels to remind us of all the work yet to be done. It’s a recipe for disaster. Or perhaps a mental breakdown. Or a call for better balance.
I’m going with the latter. For the past two or three weeks, I have not looked at email once I’ve arrived home from work. It’s been a good mental transition for me. And when questioned, “Did you get my email?” I gently respond, “If it was sent between me leaving the office and arriving, then no, but be assured, all email is read and addressed.” This works well. It sets up a boundary. It’s not rude or defensive. Just the facts, ma’am: I work and then I leave work.
But then I do engage…. ugh! And I get the perfect response (see above). An appreciative thanks and gentle admonishment to “Stop working on a Saturday!”
I do work a few hours each weekend. Usually on things that keep me ticking–reading blogs, participating in a Twitter chat, writing, researching… but this ‘work’ is my choice. If it didn’t sound so pathetic to my own ear, I’d say these things were hobbies. [let’s pretend I didn’t say that]
I love my job so much it’s mudged into the realm of hobby. Yep, said it again. But that’s how I feel. There’s the famous quip about teachers and 3 reasons for loving their job. So far from the truth for educators that love their work. And administrators.
So, no more email this weekend. A brief blog post, because I love it. Process my thinking, get it out, better my practice. Check. Check. and Check.
Happy weekend all! And here’s to better balance!