6 Traits of Teachers Who Are Reducing Their Workload with the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club
Are you over being overwhelmed? Sick of feeling guilty for abandoning your family to work on school and then feeling guilty for abandoning school to be with your family?
Are you ready to finally find balance?
This week I’m honored to interview Angela Watson, creator of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club.
We’ve been talking a lot lately about how important balance is and why we so desperately need it, but up until now I haven’t been able to give you a complete solution – just little tips to inch you forward.
But that’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to Angela. She’s been helping thousands (yes, over 4,000) teachers cut real time off their week and find the balance they so desperately needed.
These teachers are not only reducing their workload and freeing up space in their lives, but they’re also finding that they’re more organized, more efficient, and even more effective teachers!
I hope you’ll check out the full interview here:
Or for those who want the cliff notes, here are the 6 characteristics of teachers who are finding the best success with the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club.
6 Traits of Teachers Who are Reducing Their Workload with the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek
- Successful members are committed to making permanent lifestyle changes. They are not “crash dieters” who want to make a dramatic change for 2 weeks and then fall right back into their old habits. They are determined to learn more efficient ways of working and implementing those strategies for the rest of their careers.
- Successful members have created routines so the club is a regular part of their life that they prioritize and schedule time for. For example, some members choose to create a routine on Sunday mornings in which they drink their coffee while reading the strategies and planning for the week ahead. Or every Saturday afternoon, they go for a jog and listen to the content via MP3, then re-read the content to reference it and start implementing ideas when they get home. Others go into work early on Monday morning and listen to the content in the car, then start planning in their classrooms. The common thread? They dedicate time each week to studying the content of the program and deciding what they want to implement.
- Successful members participate at least once per week in the Facebook group. This participation is completely optional, but those who join the Facebook group are far more likely to stick with the club and adapt the ideas for their teaching context because they have the ability to learn from other teachers and get support. More participation in the Facebook group does not necessarily equate with better results: after all, social media can be a distraction from doing the work! But the most successful members tend to be those who pop into the group on a fairly regular basis to learn from others in their cohort, share what’s working and what’s not, and let us know about their progress so we can provide support and answer questions.
- Successful members view the club as a lifeline that supports them, not an obligation they are under pressure to “keep up with.” Members who tell themselves they are “falling behind” if they don’t use all the content tend to get sucked into a guilt spiral and disengage from the club. They pressure themselves to do every suggestion that’s offered and implement it all immediately (and perfectly), and then end up not utilizing ANY of the resources. By contrast, our most successful members create realistic expectations for themselves. They see the club as being there to support them rather than creating more work for them. They look forward to opening the new email each week because it feels like a fun surprise and they might discover a new strategy that enables them to take another half hour or more off their workweek.
- Successful members don’t try to do it all. They skim through the materials and focus only on the strategies that address their greatest needs, and generally pick ONE idea to implement each week. Our most successful members believe that small changes add up to big results!
- Successful members focus on the aspects of their work they CAN control and don’t make excuses. Our most successful members do not vent constantly about how much work they have piled on their plates, or view the club content through the lens of why the ideas couldn’t work in their teaching context. We have many members who start shaving hours off their workweek the very first week they joined, and without exception, those are the teachers who choose to take risks, think outside the box, and implement new ideas no matter what obstacles they are facing. The more determined you are to create change in your life, the better your results will be.
The bottom line? If you realize things can’t continue as they are & are ready to commit to change, you’re going to see results with the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club.
Ready to join?
**Please note that enrollment is only open twice a year, and this coming enrollment period is June 26 – July 6. So if you’d like to join, you need to act now.***
Disclaimer: I am partnering with Angela Watson to help spread the word about this amazing program. If you enroll in the club after clicking the button above, I will receive a percentage of your enrollment fee at no cost to you. If for any reason this makes you uncomfortable, you can simply google “40 Hour Teacher Workweek.” Please know I am only recommending this program because I think it’s amazing and believe it will be a great help to many of you.