Follow the Star

Hey teachers – how was your week of vacation? For me, it was priceless. I spent tons of time with family and friends, refused to look at emails and work tasks, and got some much needed rest. It was like I pressed the reset button after having been lost, deep in the black forest of my work for several months.

My guess is that many of you can relate. I had gotten so caught up in the hamster wheel of my daily tasks, I lost perspective. It is easy for this to happen when we are passionate about our work. We dive in and come up for air on an “as needed” basis. Our work becomes the Northern Star on which we focus – until, of course, we have a holiday forcing us to re-evaluate priorities.

Teachers, you have a few short weeks before once again stepping away for the winter break. I challenge you to keep a healthy work-home balance, holding this holiday week in your memory. This does not mean you have to neglect your work or students in any way. It simply means giving yourself permission to allow your family, friends and the holiday season to be the Northern Star on which you focus. The perspective shift may be small, but if my intuition is correct, the payoff will be exponential.