Happy New Year! Many people start off the new year armed with resolutions and one common theme that I have heard from some fellow teachers has to do with balance. By balance I mean finding an appropriate balance between work and life. Unfortunately, many teachers seem to feel that they spend too much time working, which leaves too little time for everything else. It seems like the actual time in the classroom with students is not a problem, all the teachers I know cite this as their favorite part of teaching. However, it is the time spent grading, going to meetings, and all the other responsibilities outside of the classroom which seem to wear teachers down.
As for me, although it is not a "resolution," I am hoping and planning to find more balance in my life in 2012. One thing I have been thinking about trying out is an Internet "sabbath." I would like to take one day every week (Friday?) in which I do not use the Internet at all. I haven't started yet, but once I settle into my new job, I'll give it a try.
So, I've been wondering how other teachers have been able to find a balance in their lives. How do you keep from feeling burned out? In addition, I'm also curious about other professions because working too much is not limited to the teaching profession; how do people in other fields balance their work time and life time? I look forward to hearing your ideas/experiences.
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