5 simple habits to make time for peace of mind!
1. Don’t Take Work Home
- Maximize “free” planning periods
- Don’t waste “free” periods or lunch socializing or procrastinating
- Complete at least one lesson during every free period during the day.
- Divide responsibilities between yourself and your teaching team early in the year so you don’t waste time “collaborating.”
- Working individually on separate lessons is more efficient than multiple teachers planning one lesson.
- If you cannot get all planning done during the day, commit 1-2 days a week to stay late to plan ahead: On Thursday, plan Monday and Tuesday lessons so you can enjoy your weekend. On Monday, plan lessons for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
- Keep it simple! Don’t over-think lessons!
- Play an educational video instead of giving a traditional mini-lesson or lecture.
- Map out a 180-day unit plan before the beginning of the year by choosing one common core standard (academic skill) for each day.
- Turn the common core standard into one or more question(s) students can answer to show mastery.
- Choose any content (novel, song lyrics, printable nonfiction article, poem, short film) for students to practice the daily common core standard by answering the aligned question(s).
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2. Make “Me” Time Sacred
- You wouldn’t let a day of playing “hookie” go to waste, so don’t waste the 5 – 8 hours worth of time you have after-school to enjoy.
- Appreciate your “ME” hours:
- 8 hours from 3pm – 11pm
- 5 hours from 5pm -10pm
- Schedule after school activities make time for fulfilling, passion-driven activities:
- Picnic in the park
- Throw a dinner party
- Host a movie or TV “screening”
- Cook or bake with friends
- Start a book club
- Take a yoga class
- Join a sports league
- Run in the park
- Go ice skating, hiking, apple-picking, kayaking..
- Visit a museum, zoo, botanical garden..
- Paint, knit, make jewelry..
- Write your memoirs
3. Make Your Commute Sacred
- Don’t make your commute stressful! Make it a sacred time to relax!
- Listen to an enlightening or interesting podcast
- Listen to a book on tape
- Get excited: Write down personal, financial and travel goals.
4. Make Meal-Time Enjoyable
- Cook a large meal on Saturday or Sunday that will last the week.
- Freeze and microwave delicious breakfast, lunch and dinners that you enjoyed making over the weekend.
- Grab weekday breakfast and lunch without wasting time or money every morning.
- Enjoy grocery shopping and cooking with a friend so it is an event instead of a chore.
- Breakfast ideas: Vegetable frittata, pumpkin muffins, banana bread, baked oatmeal
- Lunch ideas: Salads! with beans, avocados, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, cranberries..
5. Meditate and Live in the Present
- Meditation is quick and easy if you make it a daily habit
- Simply save 5 minutes each day while you are lying in bed or on public transportation to turn off your thoughts
- To keep your mind from wandering (or racing), focus on your breathing or your heart beating.
- Imagine the air filling your lungs or the blood pumping from your heart through your veins
- Most stress comes from worrying about our past or future.
- Turn off your thoughts and focus on the sensory experience of your present reality to reduce stress.
- Express gratitude for the calm of your present reality, focusing on the sensory experiences of your surroundings.
- Without an inner dialogue, simply be aware of the temperatures, smells, sounds, sights, and tastes in your present moment. Do not wander to the past or future.
- If a thought enters your mind, just let it pass
- Ignore thoughts about the past or future and just be aware of the 5 senses of your present moment. What do you see, feel, hear, smell, tast? Observe without forming words or an inner dialogue
- Staying 100% present everyday for longer and longer periods of time will eliminate stress and anxiety and increase overall positive emotions.
- You can meditate laying down with eyes closed or walking around the city
- The more you practice the longer you will be able to meditate.
- This will increase overall peace of mind and reduce overall stress
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