Become a Better You: New Year's Resolutions for Teachers

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If you are anything like me, you make New Year's Resolutions every year and usually they are the same ones.

My typical resolutions are:

  • Lose weight
  • Exercise more
  • Get and stay organized
  • Get all my school work done at school and quit taking it home 
  • Stay ahead on school work and don't get behind
  • Have a more positive attitude 
  • Don't let the little things bother me

You probably recognize some of these resolutions as things you have tried (and maybe like me, failed) to achieve. 

I have to admit that I am great at telling my students how to achieve their goals. I tell them all the time, "if you want to have better grades, you have to set CONCRETE goals and come up with CONCRETE ways to achieve them. Saying you are going to study more, isn't going to get anyone anywhere."

We all know this. We are teachers. We wouldn't be where we are today if we didn't know how to achieve our own goals. However, I tend to be so busy that I put everyone else's goals before mine. So this year, I have decided that 2017 is going to be the year I actually achieve my goals. Therefore, I have already started making my list of resolutions BUT ALSO coming up with CONCRETE actions that will get me there. 

Below are some of my resolutions with the actions I plan to take in order to achieve them: 

1. Lose weight - I have already joined Weight Watchers and am starting a WW group with my fellow teachers after school once a week. It was kind of expensive to have a WW expert come out to our school so we all just bought the app and are going to have our own meetings to hold each other accountable. 

2. Exercise more - I tend to have so much to do that exercise just doesn't happen. I read an awesome blog post (READ HERE) about the SurfShelf Treadmill Desk and I decided to go for it. I have been trying to find something just like it and this is the best I have seen. It will enable me to walk on my treadmill while checking email, working on my blog, researching for lessons, etc. I am so excited and really hope this is going to help! I will write more later once I know how well it works.

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3. Get and stay organized - I have an entire Pinterest board all for Teacher Organization (view it here) and I have been spending a great deal of time over the break figuring out how I can better organize myself and STAY organized. I was also very inspired by a video that I saw on TpT by The Lettered Classroom. It is 26 minutes long but she has some awesome tips on getting & staying organized. View it HERE

4. Get all my school work done at school and stay ahead on school work - I am hopeful that these will be accomplished by the awesome new program I will be starting in January. If you have never heard of Angela Watson and the 40-Hour Teacher Work Week Club then you are misssing out. First of all, Angela has an amazing website, The Cornerstone for Teachers. This website has incredible articles and podcasts about teaching. I started out by just reading her articles to see what she had to offer. After loving her information, I decided that I wanted to join the 40-Hour Teacher Work Week Club. She happened to offer a scholarship offer for 20 teachers in which you had to video yourself explaining why you wanted to join the club. I did this and I couldn't believe that I actually received one and will get to join the club free of charge in January 2017. I am so excited!!! From all the testimonials I have read, I am hoping this will be a game-changer for me. I can't wait to share more with you once I am in the club and working through it. 

5. Have a more positive attitude & don't let the little things bother me - As a Christian, I know that I should have a positive attitude and not let things bother me. I know that worrying is just a sign that I lack faith. But realistically, these are weaknesses of mine that I need to work on. In addition to a daily Bible study, I also plan to incorporate the following books into my life. I have started reading some of them before but never finished them. However, I plan to set aside time to read (even if it is on the treadmill) so that I can finish these books and actually implement the strategies they provide. 

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We all know and tell our students how important it is to set goals with steps that will help them be achieved. We need to listen to our own advice for a change! So while you are enjoying some rest and relaxation during your holiday break, take a few minutes to jot down your resolutions and some steps that you can actually take to help you achieve them. I challenge you all to do this and I would love to hear about them!! 

In the comments below, please tell me what your resolution(s) are and how you plan to achieve it/them! I would love to be able to communicate with you throughout the year about your resolutions and check-in to see how you are doing. Accountability is important and I know I need all the accountability partners I can get! 

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