I wrote this last year as I started the new school year. Twelve months on these resolutions all still apply so time to remind myself of them.
Last school year was the toughest I’d had so far as I struggled to combine working full time and still being a very much hands on mum. With a husband who works long hours during the week the majority of baby organization fell to me. By the time Christmas came I felt like I was cracking up. So after sitting down with hubby, checking we could afford it, we made the decision I would reduce my hours to 4 days a week. As Monday morning is rapidly approaching I am starting to feel the familiar mixture of hope and anxiety that comes with the start of the new school year.
So this is the year I will be super organized and efficient. I just need to follow and keep to my New School Year Resolutions:
- Make packed lunches the evening before. I always tell myself to do this but then when evening comes I just can’t be bothered and promise I’ll do it in the morning. I never have time to make a packed lunch in the morning, need to stop kidding myself.
- Decide on my clothes for the day the night before. Hopefully to avoid the 20 minute mini-meltdown I have because nothing fits properly and I decide I hate everything in my wardrobe.
- Dress smartly! Do not put on the (very) faded black trousers because they are comfy. Power dressing is the way forward.
- Mark the books the day I take them in. Otherwise, I will definitely forget about them and then have to give them back out unmarked (which I hate doing).
- Complete all paperwork as soon as I receive it. Do not put it in my file to complete later, I will forget.
- Get tough with discipline. This is the year nothing will get past me, I will follow up every incident and incomplete homework. The kids will have nowhere to hide (hahaha, evil laugh!)
- Do not give in to the gooey delicious chocolate cake at break-time. I am determined to lose half a stone by Christmas so must avoid these treats at all costs.
- Spend more time getting to know the quieter kids in my classes. It is so easy to get distracted by the louder children, sometimes the quieter ones can go a little unnoticed. I must make time to speak to them and have a chat about how their day is going.
A lot of my resolutions are based around the fact I have a terrible habit of putting things off, which ultimately I end up regretting. I’m really hoping that working 4 days a week helps me to find a better work/life balance where I feel I can be the mum and teacher my child and the kids that I teach deserve.