***Disclaimer: Ok, I am the worst blogger ever. I meant to post the following blog about six weeks ago. Saying “I never got round to it” is the worst excuse, I know. But…I never got round to it. So, some of it isn’t current (such as the amount of time I’ve been on placement). I now have just under 3 and a half weeks left of placement. However, the general thinking and idea behind it remains the same and I would still love your thoughts on it! Thanks for reading and I’m looking forward to being back blogging on a more regular basis soon! I have SO much to talk about 🙂 Kate.***
I’m typing this on the train to school, because it’s the only real time I seem to be able to find in a day to type something like this. I’m on placement and have to catch the train everyday. The train ride itself isn’t so bad; between 25-35 minutes. The walk either end bumps up the overall commute. And when the true British winter weather appears (which it has done many times) it becomes harder and harder to stay, first of all, dry and warm, but also motivated and inspired for the day ahead.
I started the placement with the obvious targets and aims; I wanted to do well and still do. Another aim was something which I’ve failed on so much in the past, which is giving myself some time in the week completely away from placement work, to just relax.
The first week was positive. I managed to take a night out to have pizza with my friends and I really enjoyed it. In the second week I had one evening where I finished early and just watched TV with my boyfriend. However, this week I have had to turn down plans to meet up with friends in the evening, simply because I have TOO MUCH on. And I’ve also had to cancel weekend plans because of the same reason. Now I HATED doing this. When asked by a friend if I’d “prefer not” to meet up, I replied that prefer was the wrong word. I would prefer TO meet up, but I just couldn’t. Once I’d done all the household chores, done a food shop, kept my meeting with my lettings agents, it left little time for any schoolwork. I was meeting my brother to go to the cinema on Sunday, a longstanding arrangement, so that was out too, pretty much.
I started with good intentions to do schoolwork on the train, but after doing it once, lugging exercise books and/or my laptop on the train, with an accumulative 40 minute walk either end didn’t seem quite such a good idea…
I guess the main purpose of my ramblings is to ask a question to all teachers out there; how do you maintain a work-life balance? Or can’t you? I really would like to know your thoughts because it’s something I do struggle with!