7 ways to prioritize teaching tasks when EVERYTHING seems urgent

By: Angela Watson

teachers head banging“I believe it’s possible to be an great teacher while still having a great personal life. But that requires knowing how to figure out what’s most important, do it well, and let go of the rest.

Prioritizing tasks is the foundation of using your time effectively and working more efficiently. Here are 7 strategies to help you do that.

1) Recognize that you can’t do it all, and everything is not equally important

When your job starts to feel completely overwhelming and it seems like you could work 24 hours a day and still not be done with anything, chances are good that you’ve either lost sight of your priorities or never set them to begin with. You’ve allowed so many tasks to pile up on your plate that they all seem equally important, and it feels like the world will come crashing down if you don’t complete them all. Right now. Perfectly.

If you’re not sure whether a task is important, ask yourself, What would happen if I didn’t do this?

For example, what would the consequence be for not rewriting every misspelled word on every student’s paper? How would your lesson go if the worksheet you create doesn’t have adorable clip art? What would be the result of not color-coding your filing system, creating a lengthy welcome packet for your student teacher, or changing your bulletin board borders on a monthly basis?” To read further please click here:


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