During the last school holiday break, I took some time to work through some interviews I did with teachers about work-life balance. Interestingly, some common themes started to emerge. I’ve endeavoured to capture the sentiments as an I statement. These nine really jumped out at me.
- I’m not a perfectionist, I just like doing things to a high standard. OK, maybe I’m a perfectionist.
- When I have leisure time, I feel guilty about not doing something for my students/work.
- I struggle to finish at a reasonable time in the afternoons.
- I find myself doing school work late at night and then in the early hours of the morning.
- It is really difficult to mentally switch off when I get home.
- When I find the time to do something for myself, I don’t have the energy to actually do it.
- My own kids and partner often miss out, because school work has taken over.
- I feel resentful that my career hasn’t progressed because I prioritised my wellbeing and raising children.
- I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I can’t balance being a good parent, partner, teacher, colleague and friend and look after my own wellbeing and I don’t know how to fix it.
Do any of these resonate with you? Are there any others that you would add to the list? Tell me in the comments or drop me a line here.