“If you don’t h…

“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:

  1. If it is important (priority), you will make time for it.
  2. You should never look at doing more, but doing things better.
  3. 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?

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2 thoughts on ““If you don’t h…

  1. Natalie,
    It sounds like you are finding the time to prepare for the day by going to school early and using the quiet time to get ready for the hustle and bustle which defines the life of a principal. It sounds like this schedule is allowing you the time to do the things you want to do — like visit classrooms, talk with parents, etc. That’s great!

    As for taking something off your plate, well, good luck with that 🙂 With the focus on education and all the new requirements such as teacher evaluations, it’s not that easy to do.

    Keep up the good work!

    I’m still trying to set up a google hangout. When is a good time for you? Scott asked that we hold it during the school day because he is pretty busy coaching his kids and doing all the “daddy” things at home. I’m sure you are in the same boat as he is with your young family.

    Take care, Natalie, and let me know if there’s anything I can assist/support you with.

    Aloha,
    Jan

    PS — That’s a great quote; I know why it was retweeted!

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