Your Habits are Your Success

Habits of MindsImage via WikipediaThe great book, The Way We're Working Isn't Working(which I read because of Arvind Grover's review of the book Focus– someone I know and admire) states that 95% of what we achieve is due to our habits.

Do you have rituals?

I've been working on restructuring my habits and I'm finding that I get a lot more done and am at peace with how I'm living my life.

Think on this question today. If it is worth doing it is worth setting an appointment with yourself?

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Keishla March 29, 2011 - 3:41 am

I was just having this conversation with my husband. My teacher organizational system as a whole sucks. I try to rationalize it as a reflection of my creative process, but in reality, it’s just out of control. This summer I plan to revamp and put everything in it’s place and have a place for everything.

rorey risdon March 29, 2011 - 8:24 am

This reminds me of something I saw yesterday. It is a webinar about becoming a Well-Balanced Teacher and can be found at:

I think it is very important to be at peace with how you live your life so that you have more time and energy to contribute to the things that really matter. Creating and managing routines can be an easy way to find ways to be more well-balanced not only in your teaching, but your personal life too. Thanks

coolcatteacher March 29, 2011 - 10:02 am

Absolutely, Rorey! Sounds like a fantastic webinar. Your comments are pithy and right on the mark!

coolcatteacher March 29, 2011 - 10:04 am

To me – it is a matter of having habits to handle everything. I have things for arriving at school – and have divvied up my midday – afternoon and evening routines to make sure all my “buckets” are hit and I’m not always in firefighter mode! I guess I could share more but I’m so far from perfect and my own system is still evolving – nevertheless I’m light years better than I was even four months a go!

Esspweb March 29, 2011 - 11:10 am

well said. I agree fully

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Joseph Talboom March 30, 2011 - 3:39 am

Although I am still at teacher in training, trying to get my master’s in education to teach high school biology/science, I find this an interesting idea. I believe that it was Thoreau that expounded “simplify… simplify” and it seem like you are trying to do this as a cool cat teacher. I myself have not had a chance to get into any sort of a teaching routine or habit, but I would like to hear some of the ways your restructuring your habits to be more conducive to your teaching and life. What are some healthy habits to get into, and what are some habits you should avoid as a good as a teacher. Thanks for your wonderful blog and I look forward to keeping up with it.

Thanks from a future teacher

Joseph Talboom

Leann April 14, 2011 - 8:50 pm

You opened my eyes. I will really look and think about my habits/rituals to see what I can do to make it better. My habits are holding me back, nothing else!

coolcatteacher April 15, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Yes, change your habits and you change your life!

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