“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” John Wooden #SAVMP
I tweeted this quote last week and for the first time, I had one of my tweets retweeted!!! As I reflected on why it was retweeted and selected as a favorite for some, I believe that so many of us struggle with how we use our time. This week George Couros shared his beliefs on time management in schools:
- If it is important (priority), you will make time for it.
- You should never look at doing more, but doing things better.
- For every thing you are willing to “add” to your plate, you need to take something off.
As I journey through my first year as a principal, I have quickly realized that my relationships with teachers, students, and parents are my first priority. My time has to be spent building these relationships. However, I struggle with how to manage all of the information coming in and all the information that needs to be shared. I have found that this time of day, the 6am hour, is a wonderful time to catch up with paperwork, research, and emails. When I start early, my time can be spent out of my office and in the classrooms, in the hallways, on the playgrounds, and meeting with parents.
Yesterday I spent a significant amount of my time talking with parents. Although some of the conversations may have presented challenging situations, I felt refreshed. I could feel relationships building because I took the time to listen and they felt heard. We have amazing parents at our school and I look forward to my time with each of them!
My next adventure is to determine #3…what do I take off of my plate?