Image 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?
Other great reads on this topic:
- The Power of Less
- Focus: A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction
- Leo Babauta's blog Zen Habits
- Why making big changes is so hard (sebastianmarshall.com)
- 3 Good Habits That Will Change Your Life Forever! (fitnesstroop.com)
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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.
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
Absolutely, Rorey! Sounds like a fantastic webinar. Your comments are pithy and right on the mark!
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!
well said. I agree fully
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
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!
Yes, change your habits and you change your life!
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