School staff look forward to summer break as much as students. But if you’re not careful, you will let your time slip away and never get your batteries recharged. Here are a few tips for having an amazing summer break…
- Unplug. Yes I know that sounds odd coming from a guy that’s on his iPhone so much of the time but it really is helpful. Technology is supposed to be a tool. Often times for educators, it becomes our slave master. It’s time to put those apps in their place!
- Make vacation time with family a priority. Let’s face it. There’s never a GOOD time to take a vacation. That’s why its good practice to schedule these months in advance. This way when someone asks you to participate in something, you can honestly tell them that you have a prior commitment. Plus, it reinforces to your family that they are THE priority.
- Catch up on house work. This is a given. But summer adds a tremendous load to your to-do list. Things need cut, trimmed, planted, watered, grilled, painted, etc. My wife is great at finding things to add to my honey-do list. And I always enjoy the challenge of getting it done.
- Enjoy yourself. I’ve finally decided that my wife and kids need to know that I was fully present with them during the summer. That means I need to be totally lost in the present. Laugh hysterically. Watch a good movie. Go fishing or golfing. You may say that you never have enough time, but in reality, you make time for what is important to you.
- Examine your online presence. I’ve recently decided to rethink all of my blogging, social media, online reading, etc. Hours can be lost online. I’ve decided to take control of it and make it purposeful. Take control of your Twitter and Facebook Pages. Redesign your blog. Update that reading list. You’ll want your system in place by the time the first day of school rolls around.
What other things would you add to this list? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below, and enjoy your summer!