How do you stay on top of your workload at school?

Managing workload has always been a challenge for me and when I became a primary assistant principal it took those issues to a whole new level. With a full time teaching load, I often feel as if I have two full time jobs.

At first the workload was horrendous. I was back to working 12 hour days and most of the weekends. To keep my head above water I dropped almost everything I was doing outside of school, turned my back on my social life and quit the study courses I was attending. I made time for my family life (just) but it was a struggle.

This was no good for my health or my relationships. Professionally, it impacted on the quality of my work and the quality of my interaction with students, their parents and my colleagues. I was spread far too thinly.

So it was important that I develop better strategies for managing my time and my job. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of the ones that worked.

I’d love to hear from you. Do you struggle to stay on top of your workload? What are some ways you’ve found to manage it and keep that work-life balance?

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