Does staying longer at work help get things done? Sometimes you think you’re doing fine, yet your mind shouts to be home. Well, that’s not totally wrong. But if you work hard the other way and end the teaching day right, yes, you can leave work early and focus on what matters most.
To leave work early is extremely challenging for many teachers. With all those piles of teaching tasks to be completed, it’s truly difficult to make ends meet when it’s time to pack up things and leave.
Perhaps you have tried your best to smoothen things up yet the tasks seem not moving and you are still caught up sitting in the middle of the job. I know you’re excited. Here are simple yet realistic tips on how to do more work within little time.
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How to Leave Work Early
1) Sleep early and wake up very early
Did you know that rising very early is one secret of successful people? That’s true! With the right amount of sleep, your brain is at its freshest and your concentration is extremely high.
The best part is, by the time you get to work or school, you most likely have started something so you can continue with the teaching tasks on your list. This leaves you with less work to do later on that day.
2) Identify the things to complete for the day
Everything is important and needs to be done. Yes, you’re there. But there is always one or two tasks you can put your attention on first. Teacher tasks are a chain of things to do so you definitely cannot finish everything so soon.
Accept that there’s no need to spend all day getting more things done. Irrespective of double or triple efforts on your part, the long list of things to do will always be there. So first things first can save your day.
3) Follow a work time and stick to it
When you decide to work on something, devote your time to the task. If before you keep allowing yourself to be sidetracked by a call, social media, or chatting with a colleague – limit it this time.
Observing the time specified will show what you have tackled, how far, and the time you needed more to finish. If you plan to work 30 minutes after lunch, try to serve it without intrusion. You’ll be happy to know that the used to be heavy daily tasks have reduced.
4) You Don’t Have to grade everything at once
Grading is bulky and can take so much of your time. Grab the advantage that you don’t have to grade everything. Give it a chance for students to check their own work, or have them grade other students. You don’t even need to give feedback for every assignment.
Grade any time you have the chance. When students have their activity work, do some grading. If you have a tablet, assess quizzes using Google Forms. Somehow, this shortens your list of to-dos for the day.
5) Begin with the harder tasks
It’s essential to build energy on anything that you’re working on. Instead of choosing the simplest task, try the most difficult one first. If you practice organizing in this order, you will learn and adapt to balance what’s difficult and easier.
Completing the hardest tasks first makes the rest of the job easier to finish. Why? Because you have gained momentum. It offers a great relief that you become more productive. Before you know it – you’re halfway done.
6) Learn to ask for help
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Many teachers like to be asked and are willing to share ideas and expertise. Have your students help out prepare class activities, clean up the classroom, or run small errands within the campus.
Being open that you needed help shows how committed you are to your goals making you a model of strength to others. Why suffer when you can progress? Now you don’t have to do everything on your own.
7) Design a Variety of Classroom Activities
There are hands-on activities that do not need a lot of paper. For example, building a map is geography, putting on a play show encourages music and arts, creating presentations boosts creativity, or a debate – that’s enhancing speaking skills.
Less paperwork means less copying, less collecting, less printing, less assessing, and less grading. Different activities also increase overall motivation in the classroom. Everything is creative and time-saving yet super pedagogical.
8) Set priorities & avoid procrastinating
It’s easy to procrastinate if you don’t have a plan. Find a way to complete tasks accordingly, especially on matters that are of high priority. To ensure that you’re into it – set your priorities and stop delaying.
Commit to the task by focusing on what to do, not avoiding it. Detaining work for later is putting all priorities aside. If you find this pattern exhausting, let your goal to leave work early be your target. Not only you will speed up but will learn good time management, as well.
9) Stay away from your phone and technology
Are you a social media owl? Then you know how an inordinate amount of time with it decreases productivity. Imagine all the notifications and their dinging sounds — your reaction is to respond to everything right away, correct?
When your phone is not close to you, it helps set limits with social media. Little by little, you will notice how you are able to focus on working. The control of internet use when not necessary will help finish your job earlier. The next thing is – you’re heading home!
Watch this video with steps on how to manage your time more effectively.
To Sum It Up
Teaching is a never-ending job which means there will always be things to plan about, apply, implement, check, grade… and so on. With that said, it pays to make a plan if you want to be free from work earlier.
Being a teacher doesn’t mean you have to spend as much time outside of the classroom doing your job as you do inside. You have the power to improve your strategy skills and build your own time management system.
Do you have an effective strategy to share? We appreciate it if you can leave them in the comments.