Many people would agree that teaching is a highly fulfilling job, where one experiences a sense of satisfaction and admiration towards their own efforts and the efforts of their students; particularly when targets are reached and positive progress is made. However, it cannot be denied that at the same time, it is also an extremely demanding job. Your role as a teacher is not merely limited to the classroom environment, but is also extended to the evenings, weekends and holidays where you will have to continue to mark work, plan lessons, write reports and complete individual assessment tasks; and this will all have to be carried out within your own social time.
Regardless of the demands of teaching, I believe that if you have a passion for this profession, then you should not be put off by these requirements. Whether you are entering teaching as a young person with very little family commitment, or whether you are entering it at a later stage with plenty of family responsibility, there is always a way of juggling teaching with your home life so that you enjoy your work comfortably alongside fulfilling your commitments at home.
Being well organised is probably a key requirement to create a healthy work-life balance. Try to plan ahead and give yourself targets for each day so that you do not fall behind with any of your work. Each day is going to be different, and therefore the workload is going to be different each day too. However if you set yourself 1-2 hours aside at home every evening, whether this means fitting your work in straight after school, or later on in the evening after dinner, it will be easier for you to stay organised. If you have young children, you may want to wait until they have fallen asleep, so that you will get a chance to spend time with them before bed time and then peacefully complete your own work!
By setting aside a little bit of time everyday during the working week will mean that you can relax a little bit more during the weekend, and spend more time with your family and friends. This is very important not just for you but also for those people who are a part of your life; whether they are your spouse/partner, children, parents, or close friends. This way you will be able to give them your attention alongside diverting your own attention away from the stress and workload. It is necessary to ensure that you do not let the extra work overpower you and successfully maintain the right balance.
Eating decent healthy meals and going to bed at a reasonable hour is also vital as it greatly contributes to your physical and mental wellbeing. I understand that it can be difficult to prepare fresh meals everyday and it can be tempting to opt for regular takeaways or food that is not necessarily good for you! However, if you plan your weekday meals in advance over the weekend, and pre prepare certain foods, such as marinating meat and chicken, preparing salads and fillings and having vegetables chopped and ready to use; will all help to make the cooking process easier.
When you initially start teaching, it may take a while for you to find your bearings, but once you immerse yourself into it, you will hopefully be successful in finding the perfect.
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