I wonder how many educators are "pack-rats?" "Pack-rats, not only in physical manifestation of papers, books, and just plain ole STUFF, but "pack-rat" in the mind too.
We'll folks, I'm here to confess, that WAS me. (emphasis on the former tense).
This week I am on a marathon run of the beginnings of organizing my life. I realize in order for people to be productive and generous, they must first take charge and set order in their lives.
My days were spent stressed because of disarray in all aspects of my life. I would awake to realize that I couldn't locate my other shoe, on the way out the door. I would then arrive to work and have stacks of papers needing grading, only getting larger as the day proceeded. This type of life-sucking behavior is destructive. I realize that the outward manifestation was only reflecting the chaos within.
How much more productive can we as educators be, if our lives are in balance and free of self-initiated stress? What type of magic can we produce in the classroom, if we are clear headed and organized? Let us get rid of the mess that unnecessarily holds us back in our personal lives as well as how we manage our classrooms.
This is why this week, I have begun this life altering journey of getting rid of the junk, the stress and the disarray that stifles the productiveness and passion of what I am called to do.
Do I have any one who wants to join me? We'll here's a good place to start.
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephan R. Covey illustrates the difference of effective, successful people versus ineffective, unsuccessful people. I definetly want to be among the list of not just effective, but highly and successful.
Here Dr. Covey states these 7 habits.
1. Be Proactive, Personal Vision
2.Begin With The End In Mind, Personal Leadership
3.Put First Things First Principles of Personal Management
5.Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood
6.Principles of Creative Cooperation
7.Principles of Balanced Self Renewal
April has been teaching for the past twelve years across the United States. She began her career in Chicago Public Schools, but has taught at Phoenix School for the Deaf, and currently teaching and interpreting in the Atlanta area.