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The Never Ending To Do List


Why is it that however organised we all seem, for some reason there never feels enough time in the day to do everything we want to?  For those that know me this might come as a bit of a shock as on the exterior I am a cool, calm, collected sort of person, but on the inside I have moments of panic.

How often do we have lists, of lists, of lists? I think I am doing well until I go into a morning or after school meeting and find I am adding a few more things on and, like many others, I sometimes get that sudden knot in the stomach when I realise I've missed something and then suddenly there is a lot of catching up to do in a short space of time.

Take Term 6 for example (the biggest list of them all!). This in other professional’s minds is a term where everyone begins to relax and unwind, getting ready for their six long weeks… How wrong could they be! This happens to be the term that takes 6 weeks to recover from. To begin with you might have parent meetings you have to prepare for, with parents to chase that don’t bother booking any appointments. Shortly after this you need to start thinking about data and end of year results. We soon start to find out where we are going the following year so then the to do list gets ever longer to get everything ready and ordered in time. Instead of enjoying those nice long summer evenings we then have to begin report writing that takes ages!

Anyway, if you are anything like me you soon realise that some things on the list are clearly not going to get done; otherwise you would be up till late every night trying to complete it. It is fair to say that this is a key part of being a good teacher, not letting the list defeat you. You have to learn not to become disappointed if you don’t get to strike through every last word, as unsatisfying as that may seem.  

Maybe you have found the answer? Do you feel the same way as me? I would love to know your thoughts. 

Andrew Penning is a Reception Class Teacher

If you find yourself struggling with an overwhelming to-do list, take a look at these 10 Ways to Stop Work Stress from Taking Over.

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