Now that everyone is on the same page with the song, let's talk about how you can make the most of the time you have!
The addition of school hours means less "at home" hours to get everything completed! Whether you're a parent or student trying to fit homework, play time, meal time, etc. into the schedule; a teacher, trying to fit planning as well as free time activities into your schedule; or everyone else trying to balance work and play, how can you have "enough time"?
Though I was an educator for 25 years, I am currently blessed to have had a year off from work while I accompanied my husband to the Netherlands temporarily for his job.
One of the reasons I started blogging was to have something creative and productive to do with my time, and learn more about the tools of Social Media in preparation for my return to education when we move back to the U.S.
You might remember that I'm participating in Sarah Arrow's 30 Day Blogging Challenge. Well, I have started reading a whole bunch of blogs now, that are not travel blogs, and am taking away wonderful tidbits of information that I'd like to share with you today!
The first is the Pomodoro Technique, a great way to make the MOST of the time you have!
I take photos of clocks when I'm traveling, and the one above from my trip to Athens in December 2014, illustrates the 25 minute part of the Pomodoro Technique (well, almost!) I've found the timer part works best though, when I am not looking at the clock or timer while I'm working! Just make sure you remember to click/press START!
The next day I read another article. Its title popped out at me, and I actually shared it on my Facebook page.
Corrine Rodrigues's post, Stand Because Sitting Will Kill You (told you it was a great title) really made me rethink my entire day.
As an educator, I had been on my feet for the majority of the day. My feet actually hurt since I spent so much time on them.
But now, I was getting aches and pains everywhere else, from sitting too much!
Her post included some wonderful infographics from STAND DESK, and the message that I decided to try was the "Work intensely for 52 minutes. Break for 17 minutes." During the 17 minutes, I've been doing something that requires standing--washing dishes, emptying the dishwasher...you name it!
Time will tell!! In the meantime, give one or both of them a try--at home, at school, or at work!
Setting a timer when doing homework is a great routine to start with the new school year!
Better yet, read the full posts by Mike and Corrine, and find even more advice!
If you're traveling--try taking that healthy standing break on the plane or the train (both forms of transport where you can stand and move about!
What do you do to maximize your time?
Let me know in a comment below!