As February rushes in, I’ve noticed one common thing with the teachers I’m coaching.  All of them, not some of them, all of them feel their plates are too full, there’s too much going on, too many ‘priorities’, and they are overwhelmed as they look to the end of the year.  ‘I can’t possibly fit it all in,’ is what I hear echoed.

There are so many needs for our kids, so many things we can do to help them, so many directions we can go.

Yet, research shows that by focusing, really focusing, on ONE THING, we can make drastic improvements in our work, and in our lives.  

As Gary Keller, author of  The One Thing: The Surprising Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, reminds us:

“It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.” 

Research shows that when we keep drilling down by asking ourselves, ‘ What’s the one thing I can do that will make everything else either easier or unnecessary?“, we can make extraordinary progress and begin to find more success and JOY in our lives (and in our classrooms).

So, as you look down the road at 2020, maybe it’s not a decade long ONE THING, but maybe it’s the next 10 months or 10 days, take some time to reflect on what’s next, on where you will spend and allocate your most precious, expendable resource, time.

There’s so much power in just making a decision- remember you can always re-adjust and change your mind- you know, just like we teach our kids!

Ask yourself:  
What’s one thing I could do in my classroom/school, such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary? 
(Is it being more present?  Increasing wait time in your classroom?  Asking more higher level questions? Providing more downtime?  Getting to school 10 minutes earlier?  Leaving school 30 minutes earlier? Calling 2 parents a week with a positive report?)

What’s one thing I could do for my health, such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?  
(Is it drinking water?  Adding 10 minutes of exercise a day?  Taking nightly walks?  Reserving sugar snacks for the weekend? Sitting down to eat your meals? Taking 5 minutes to write in a gratitude journal?  Listening to a podcast in the car instead of the news?)

What’s one thing I could do to for my family, such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?  
(Making time for family dinners twice a week?  Spending 10 minutes talking with your partner before bed?  Planning monthly social outings with your friends?  Spending an hour a week playing games with your family?)

Free yourself up – choose ONE THING and see what happens!

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