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Happy Teacher Happy Life
20 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Doable To-Do List 101
Today’s episode is all about the to-do list. More specifically, the doable to-do list. As educators, we have multiple to-do lists that seem impossible! I will share tips and tricks in compiling a feasible to-do list you can create on your own. I’ll lead you through the mindset and perspective around this practice and discuss the importance of having a to-do list that is meaningful and believable to you. Finally, you’ll receive a plan with steps to create a doable to-do list that will simplify your life and give you the balance and freedom we so desire as educators. Stay tuned for this insightful episode about creating a personal doable to-do list! In This Episode: [01:50] What is an achievable to-do list? [04:11] After making your doable to-do list, honestly rate the possibility of making this list happen. [07:56] Create a doable to-do list with the intention of success and happiness for that day. [11:02] How to create a doable list. [16:23] What is valuable about the doable to-do list is we begin by loving ourselves, committing to ourselves and making what we are doing realistic. [17:16] When is the best time to create your doable to-do list? Key Takeaways: Do not create your to-do list from a place of judgment or shame. Create a doable to-do list with the intention of success and happiness for that day. The most important thing when creating your doable to-do list is to think about what you want to do for that day, what you need. Also, always reflect on where you are. It's about creating a to-do list that you can commit to. Keeping our word to ourselves not only gets things done that need to be done, but it also lightens the load in our minds. Then we start to become a person who states what we are doing or going to do and is intentional in our word which builds confidence and self-esteem. When creating a doable to-do list, it is important to only look at the next 24 hours, no further.
16 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Get Your Groove Back With Journaling
This episode is all about journaling. Do you ever think to yourself, why can't I just simplify my teacher life? Most likely, you start the year strong, but by November, you are simply exhausted. This exhaustion will lead to what we call 'stinking thinking.' It's time to take those self-limiting doubts and turn them around. Tune in as we help you learn how to use your conscious brain more consciously to work in partnership with the instinctual part of your brain, rather than just having knee-jerk reactions and stinking thoughts. In This Episode: [02:00] Noticing your ‘stinking thinking’ is a skill that you can develop. [05:35] It’s time to work together with the conscious part of your brain, AKA the human spirit. [08:50] Look at your thinking and decide what is true; remember, you have the power to choose. [10:10] Journaling 101: what you need to know. Key Takeaways: The best way to look at your thinking is through journaling. Get a journal – don’t overcomplicate it and find something simple. Keyboarding will not get the same results as writing it down with pen and paper. Try writing about yourself, writing your thoughts, and write down what you think about your students.
24 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Practice Catching Those Thoughts
So many teachers complain about how difficult it is to balance work and home. Sadly, work takes a more significant percentage of time and energy. Since it is human to strive for homeostasis and balance, that's what we're going to dive into during this episode. Plus, we will discuss a simple solution for refining work-life balance and finding out how all of this connects to our thoughts. We go in-depth on our beliefs, specifically, 'stinking thinking.' Tune in as I give tips, tricks, and what to do about those self-limiting thoughts in our head. In This Episode: [01:30] We spend the most amount of our time doing work. Well, work-life balance is possible! [08:10] Start simple and figure out what slight shift you can make today. [12:00] Make sure to put energy into your self-talk and think about your boundaries. [17:00] When you become aware of your thoughts, then you will no longer fixate on them. [22:15] Call to action: look for teeny tiny thoughts that you can change in your life. Key Takeaways: Buy an uncomplicated and straightforward journal. Then, write down simple steps on how you will achieve work-life balance. Decide what time you will end work each day. Write it down in your calendar, so you don’t forget. Remember, if you don’t do something perfectly, you still need to be kind to yourself. Watch your self-talk. Talk to yourself the way that you talk to other people.
23 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Welcome to the Show
In this first episode of Happy Teacher, Happy Life host Lynn Hardin speaks to overwhelmed teachers who feel school takes over their whole life. She shares her story and simple processes that guarantee balance and freedom to get back to what makes one happy. Join Lynn as she uses her own experiences in education to inspire other teachers to improve their self-care, communication, and relationships. Learn how to achieve happiness with the results of balancing home and school life. In This Episode: [00:31] Lynn’s background as a teacher and principal and why she is so passionate about sharing her experiences and desire to help other educators [02:20] Achieving work-life balance and avoiding burnout [05:30] Lynn’s struggles as a child that led to never feeling like enough, depression, and anxiety as an adult and also an educator [11:11] The journey of self-help and self-development to become a better mother and wife [13:36] Lynn’s path to teaching and becoming an administrator [16:22] Using journaling, listening, and reading as simple tools to find balance and to get better results at work and at home. [21:00] What Lynn’s goals of this podcast are to fellow educators and administrators Key Takeaways: Constant overwork and overwhelm is not going to make you a better teacher- it will instead make you stressed and out of balance Finding tools to help you de-stress, and work on your personal development will help you prioritize and do your very best more efficiently. Gifting yourself self-love and self-esteem with simple tools will help you stop thinking about the things you aren’t doing and dwell less on past mistakes and you’ll start to feel better and think clearer and be more productive and positive in your career and life. Links Mentioned: happyteacherhappylife.com
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