October is known as National Principals Month. I want to celebrate and elevate the principal seat. Principals, Need Love Too. If you haven’t read part I, start there first.
Quick message to my fellow principals:
You are strong, smart, and valuable. Be you, and who you are is enough!
Here are tips 5-8 that I learned on my journey that I believe will support you and keep you encouraged:
Tip 5: Join a Gym – I would recommend joining a gym. If you have a gym membership and pay it monthly, it may motivate you more to go. Working out at home is nice but working out at home was like working from home with too many distractions. The gym was a nice getaway either early before work or right after work. Yes, it may be hard to get started and get into a routine, but once you do, it will be worth it. Strength training is good for your health and will allow you to be more alert. It also builds strength which will do you well during a long demanding school year. As a former athlete, I knew that working out would have many beneifts.
Tip 6: Follow Non-Educators on Social Media – Listen, sometimes social EduMedia can be annoying and annoying often. The reality is there are some tips you can find on social media from educators, but more often, it is people complaining about their job, their students, and their principals. You do not need that energy; positive vibes only should be the motto for social media. I enjoy social media more when reading and following people, not in the same line of work. Social media is an escape, and during my escape, I honestly do not want to read the rant about the teacher complaining about 30 kids in their class. Also, some disturbing events happen in schools that get posted on social media, making you upset. I follow sports reporters, celebrities, and artists. Unless I know them personally, I am not following an educator; if they have more than 10,000 followers, I won’t be 10,001.
Tip 7: Find a Principal Circle to Join – No one, and I mean no one, understands the principal seat like those who have been in the principal seat. You should find a group of other principals where you can vent, laugh, share strategies, and share struggles. Trust me; it will come in handy. You think you are on an island, but you honestly you are not. It can be lonely at the top, but you are not alone. There are others like you dealing with the same struggles who can help and support you. Also, you have something of value to support someone else who is struggling. Principal circles are the best. These would be the only educators I recommend following in the social EduMedia outside of your educator friends in real life.
Tip 8: Find Friends Who Aren’t Educators – Yes, this tip is similar to number six and a counter to tip seven, but you need non-educator friends in real life. This will help you not talk about work every day. You need to mentally and effectively detach from work during breaks and holidays and have friends you can unplug with who won’t ask you about your job. For me, the best was connecting with my boys for a Colts or Pacers game and arguing sports. It was good to argue about the offensive play of the Colts than arguing about why our attendance dipped last week.
There may or may not be a part 3; you just have to wait.