The biggest claim that all teachers make is that they don’t have enough time for things they wish to do. They are always busy with some of the other work. Also, no matter how much they tell their students to learn to manage time. In actual they are not able to manage their own time. Thus, we have some time management strategies for teachers to help them manage their work well.
The simplest thing that you can do is start organizing yourself. Therefore, keep your desk clean. Place only those things on your desk on which you are working. Remove all the unnecessary stuff from your desk. Don’t pile up your desk with something that might come in useful in the future or be helpful in the past.
Set Your Goals Before Hand
Now, being a teacher, you have to do several tasks. So the easiest thing for you to do is set your goals a day prior. Plan your day well, and this way, you will be able to complete your tasks quickly and efficiently.
Plan Your Time
The next thing you can do is planning your time well. Make a list of the things you have to do. And once you have done a task, tick it off. It will help you a lot in keeping track of your studies.
Theme Your Days
It’s a great idea to give each day a specific “theme.” For example, Mondays may be “lesson planning,” Tuesdays may be “gather materials,” Wednesdays may be “grading,” Thursdays may be “filing and organization,” and Fridays may become “catch up.” Theming is a great way to make sure you are staying focused on one task at a time and getting things done.
Don’t Touch It Twice.
When you pick something up, put it where it goes. If you find yourself continuously moving the same papers around your desk or the same materials around your classroom, stop. Keep in mind the rule “don’t touch it twice” and take a few extra seconds to put the item where it belongs. This tip will keep you well organized and save you time.
Eat Your Frog
If you’ve never heard the phrase “eat your frog” before, it just means doing what you don’t want to do first. When you look at this photo, you are probably making a face of disgust. I bet when you think of your to-do list, there is a task that makes you make this exact face. That’s your frog!
If there is a task you are avoiding, consciously or subconsciously, do it. You’ll feel better, and you won’t waste time dancing around the fact that it must get done.
Learn To Say ‘No’
For a few of us, it is difficult to say No. But, if you find yourself constantly involved in school events or extra-curricular activities, which is taking a toll on your time, then learn to say ‘No.’ Participate in the things you like and respectfully say ‘No’ to others.
These were some of the tips that all the teachers can keep in their minds to lead a happy life. Further, these tips will even help you to complete your task on time.