The ABC of ELT

How is your work life balance

Yesterday evening I was teaching an intermediate group with the subject of work life balance. Whilst looking at the discussion questions it lead me to reflect in my own balance or lack there of.

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Via Kristin Smith (Klsmith77)

You are not alone
It seams to be a common problem for teachers, not leaving work at the school, the subject of this lesson or that, this grammar point or another. When you add in professional development reading and blogging it’s a pretty full timetable.

I actually don’t find this too hard, it’s the other extras which push me over the top.

  • Going to/presenting at conferences
  • Coursework for an International House course (or two!)
  • Doing charity work at an orphanage
  • Visiting friends in another city
  • Hosting a party
  • Contacting family, friends and girlfriend back home
  • Planning for next year

They can all push me near the edge of an overload.

A frequent problem
At the moment I have all of these extras at once. I keep promising myself that it’s just this weekend, I just need to get through this weekend. However, it does seam every 2 months I face this confrontation of almost everything at once.

I do, however, know that I relax by doing things. Staying in makes me feel restless, more tired and depressed in the long run. So perhaps I actually have my work life balance pretty well rounded. I certainly love reflecting on passing through the hard and hectic times afterwards.

A plan of action
The suggestion my students gave me was to sleep more. Insuring I get 8 hours sleep a night. I also decided to say no to something, something I really wanted to do and felt I should do. I’ve also written out a list of things I want to do with time outside of work. Things I want to do at work and a sort of time frame I’d like to do each thing by.

What about you? How is your work life balance? What tips do you have for improving it?

About Chris Wilson

I'm an English Language teacher based in Krakow, Poland. I enjoy writing, using technology and playing the Ukulele.

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