Summer. Longer, sunnier days. Doesn’t mean my to-do list is any shorter but it definitely has a different feel to it, doesn’t it? These are the times I try to “do” a couple of things that make my leadership life somewhat easier.
Not exactly rocket science, but helps bookshelf the end of the previous year while getting me excited about what lies ahead.
- Sorry gentleman, this one is just for the ladies. Keeping it low-key: I stop wearing eyeliner. I can’t afford R&F eye lash boot…but this lash booster version on Amazon makes me feel better about just wearing mascara each day in the summer. I apply it in the morning and it has made a real differnce! It’s amazing how much quicker my morning routine can go if I just remove that one step.
- I use a spiral notebook to take ALL of my notes in for each meeting I attend. I like being able to date the top and flip back and forth. Yes, I know, you can get a 1.99 notebook from the Walmart but that doesn’t inspire me to take notes OR keep me motivated to keep up with all the time. Easily replaceable. Flimsy. The paper tears easily. Bleech. I need mine to last ALL year. I order an Erin Condren one from Amazon so that if I get REAL tired head, I can also order another cover, & viola! an instant facelift. It’s the little things, y’all.
- What can you schedule in your world? I am now “running” our Crandall ISD technology Twitter account. I have scheduled ONE helpful instructional tweet to send out each day through the end of July. If I keep building upon that, I’m creating a steady presence while also taking it off my regular to-do list. I’ve also created a google form where teachers can submit their ideas/suggestions OR questions that we can tweet out starting next year.
- Calendar mapping. Sometimes it hards for the people in our world to have a macro view of what we are thinking, usually all at the same time. Micro conversations are easier for people to have if they have a glimpse of what the direction is you’re heading in…whether that’s in campus or in a central office position. That part sure hasn’t changed for me. I added this big ol’calendar to my whiteboard..and have already started mapping out big projects or reminders of “we should start thinking about this” or” last year at this time was when we”…it definitely gives me a strong skeleton to flesh out as we work through the summer.
- Read, read, read. While I’m a prolific reader, I make considerable gains here in the summer. My newest favorite read that I think you should get? Think Again, by Adam Grant. It’s SO good!
There ya go. Just a little snapshot into ways I am trying to create calm amongst the chaos. I hope the start of your summer has begun and you feel some of that tension already slipping away.
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