Productivity Strategies

How to make a (realistic) plan for summer 2020 – Education Article

For teachers, summer is usually a hectic time that flies by too fast. It’s a few short weeks crammed with appointments, errands, home projects, professional development, prep for the coming school year, second jobs, and household tasks, with a bit of relaxation or fun travel sprinkled in the mix. This year, summer feels a bit strange, doesn’t it? My calendar is the emptiest it’s ever been. And “getting ahead for fall” feels like an elusive, almost impossible idea at this…

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3 sneaky ways perfectionism is holding you back (even if you think you’re not a perfectionist) – Education Article

Perfectionism is not always about needing things to be perfect. It can look like an “all-or-nothing” mentality that keeps us from creating the change we want.  My working theory is that everyone struggles with perfectionism: it simply manifests differently for different people. We all have our things that we are extremely particular about. Even folks who are super laid-back or happily disorganized or go-with-the-flow still have very defined preferences for certain aspects of their life.  I think it’s the root…

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Some parts of teaching are BETTER with remote learning. Here’s how to leverage that. – Education Article

I asked teachers on my Facebook page recently to share some of the positive outcomes they’ve seen with teaching remotely in crisis. I wanted to know: Is there any aspect of your work with students that you’re liking better now? Any approaches that are working better for some kids than the usual ways of doing face-to-face instruction?  The replies were fascinating, and I’m going to share some overarching themes here with you. But I want to start with a response…

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11 practical tips for work/life balance when teaching from home – Education Article

Work/life balance doesn’t mean creating a total separation between teaching and everything else. To me, balance is about integrating work with the rest of your priorities in a way that allows you to give appropriate time and energy to each. Balance IS possible and worth striving for, even when teaching remotely from home for the first time. If you feel like you’re tied to the computer 24/7 and working more now than ever before, these 11 reminders can help. …

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How to make teacher lunches quick to prep and decision-free – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: teacher lunch ideas that are simple, easy, and quick to prepare. While seemingly a pleasant break from the day, lunch can actually be a big stressor for teachers: figuring out what to pack, having your lunch break scheduled at an oddly early or late, not getting a lunch break at all, and having to scarf down a whole meal in 15 minutes due to all the other tasks that cut into your…

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Introducing the NEW 40 Hour Fast Track program! – Education Article

I know you’ve heard me talk about The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club, right? Over 30,000 educators have now used that program to help them streamline and simplify how they do a great job for kids. And now starting in January, I’m offering a NEW option called 40 Hour Fast Track. Fast Track is a 6 week condensed version of the Full Year course designed to help you reduce your workload IMMEDIATELY and start saving time.  Here’s how it’s different:…

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How one teacher set boundaries and stopped bringing work home – Education Article

I’m talking today with a member of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club named Jessica Holdaway about how she balances home and work. I encourage you to listen for specific things she’s done to create boundaries and consider how you could find approaches that work for you. We’re not prescribing a one-size-fits-all approach here. Every teacher’s workload is different, and maybe bringing work home is the best or only possible way to get things done for you — that’s fine! My…

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Why your time off is worth fighting for – Education Article

Katrina Onstad is a writer whose first nonfiction book is called, The Weekend Effect: The Life-Changing Benefits of Taking Time Off and Challenging the Cult of Overwork. I read The Weekend Effect this fall, and knew immediately I needed to have Katrina on the show to share her research with teachers. She has a fascinating insight into the history of the weekend and the 40-hour workweek, and explains how technology has in some ways sent us backward in workers’ rights. We’ll…

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Out the door by 4: Streamlining Friday afternoon planning – Education Article

In this episode of the Truth for Teachers podcast, you’ll hear a coaching call with a 7th-grade honors and regular ELA teacher named Rebecca. She’s a graduate of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club and has put a lot of strategies in place to streamline her workload and focus on what really matters in her instruction. And, she’s been teaching for 25 years, so she also has a lot of expertise. Rebecca’s feeling a bit resentful about the late start…

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22 classroom systems that make my teaching easier – Education Article

  My name is Deanna Roberts and I’m a third grade ELA/SS teacher in Ohio. As a lifelong perfectionist and overachiever, the club has helped me achieve a healthier work-life balance and has changed my life for the better. I am much more intentional and productive during work hours thanks to the strategies I’ve learned in the club.   As I’ve been in Angela’s 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club for a full year now, (and then one year in the…

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How Kim Lepre trimmed 15 hours off her workweek – Education Article

Kim Lepre is a 7th grade English teacher and the founder of the Teachers Need Teachers podcast. She’s also a Beginning Teacher Mentor and Ed Tech Specialist in her district, and a Level 2 Google Certified Educator. How has Kim managed to make time for all of that? She made a significant reduction in her workload during her 13th year of teaching. That’s when she joined The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. I’ve invited Kim on the podcast to tell…

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Overcoming mom guilt / dad guilt when you spend more time with other people’s kids – Education Article

Our topic today is parenting guilt. I’m going to share some info and studies about how this has become an increasingly bigger issue in recent years, and then I’m going to let you hear directly from other educators about how they’re managing it. Want to listen instead of read? Download the audio, and listen on the go!  I think it’s a particularly pervasive issue in education because you’re not just choosing between work and family. It can feel like you’re…

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4 beliefs to help you focus on what matters most – Education Article

In this episode of the Truth for Teachers podcast: the four core beliefs of doing fewer things, better that will give you the courage to focus on what matters most. I’m guessing the title of this episode piqued your interest because you want your life to have a real impact on the world. You care about making a difference, not only in the classroom, but in your family and community, too. And yet it feels impossible to have that focus…

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