At the beginning of my school year in 2016, I began my school year on the day all us teachers return—not one day earlier. I know, you’re probably laughing at my naiveté. But you have to remember I hadn’t been in the classroom for 3 years. I assumed that I would have time to set up my classroom and tackle a very-long, beginning-of-the-year to-do list. After I sat fidgeting through a 4-hour long meeting that was supposed to be 2 (I kid you not), I was beyond frustrated, promising myself I’d start earlier the next time around. And sure enough, 2017’s beginning was smoother since I knew to start early.
But this year, I found myself a little unmotivated—which is completely unlike me.
But the Universe sent me inspiration from one of the mostly unlikely places : a cooking show called “Sugar Rush”. The Universe loves jokes because I so don’t even begin to enjoy cooking.
This show though was extremely fun to watch. I won’t go into the details but as I watched professionals create an INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL three-tier cake in only three hours, I knew I could do a plenty in my classroom in that same amount of time.
So today, I’m heading off to my classroom with a challenge myself to completely redecorate my classroom in 3 hours. This includes new bulletin boards with background and border, stringing lights, and hanging new pompom decorations, plus pulling down old decorations. Can I do it? Keep reading to find out.
Six hours later . . .
Yay! I was able to do everything on my list and print out a few printables for decoration. It was crazy how productive I could be when I put myself on a timer! I learned a few things from the experience that might convince you that you can accomplish amazing things is less time than you think!
Step 1. Set a timer. Decide how much time you have and set a timer. I decided I would have my bulletin boards redone and my pompoms up in 2 hours. That left me a little wiggle room for lights.
Step 2. Stick to your time. At one point I began doing something totally unrelated to decorating—I spent about 2 minutes trying to organize. I had to stop myself from wandering off task. That’s the biggest downfall of any teacher day—losing focus.
Step 3. Make it doable. I originally wanted to have my whole room set up in 4 hours but that just didn’t seem possible. I was happy to stick to the decorations. Setting up small tasks in limited time increments allow you feel accomplished and gives you confidence to tackle any task.
After I completed my challenge I felt excited and confident. I know now that I can get my to-do list done in “Sugar Rush” time with 3 hour challenges. I’ll be going in again in few days to complete my list but now, I’m actually excited! If you want to see my challenge on video, check me out on instagram @dr.brookeh_beingteacher.
In “Sugar Rush” chefs are creating beautiful confections in a short amount of time. You’ll be creating beautiful classrooms that will serve your soul and your sacred beings (link) for the entire year. That’s a Teacher Rush!