Monday, May 18, 2015

Motivational Monday: Keep On

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Am I here to talk about how much work my biceps need? No. In fact, I would rather enjoy avoiding that subject entirely. 

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Okay, I'm done with the cheesy bicep jokes. 

Here are 4 ways to stay motivated until summer.

1. Stay Positive. Teachers are so incredibly busy this time of year. We want to cram in as many lessons as possible in order to prepare those young brains for a summer off of school. We have to try to keep kids entertained in a classroom when the 75 and sunny weather seems much more appealing (to us as to them). And we have to fight the lies that we didn't do enough this year. HERE is where I'm going to stop you. Give yourself three minutes. Close your eyes. Ponder all of the moments this year when a student had a breakthrough, two kids went from table mates to best friends, one of your students restored your faith in humanity. I promise you that you are making a difference. Battle the lies of your mind telling you that you didn't do enough. You did.

2. Stay Strong. Summer is so close. Even though you have made an incredible impact thus far doesn't mean that there still isn't time to push even further. You have 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks left. Think of all the times someone changed your life in such a short period of time. It's possible AND probable. Keep going strong. 

3. Stay Organized. It's so easy to let the papers pile up on your desk. To rush home and sip some iced tea with your hubby on the porch. Trust me, you're not alone. Research has shown that a cluttered environment yields a cluttered brain. In other words, your brain will respond to its environment. Keep things organized. This small act will help you stay calm and enjoy these last few weeks. 
4. Start Fresh. It is SO easy to push the snooze button until the absolute last minute. Don't hear this as a condemnation - I do that, too. The way we start our mornings is powerful. A rushed and frazzled morning typically leads to a rushed and frazzled day. What is your "thing"? What gets you motivated? Reading a chapter in the bible. Playing a pump-up playlist. A classical playlist. Brushing your hair for 7 extra minutes. Whatever it may be, give that to yourself each morning. Shake off the "bad" from yesterday. Accept today as a new day, a day for you to conquer. 

BONUS. Mojitos. I'm not trying to promote alcohol. But you can't drink a mojito in the classroom. You can, however, drink a mojito by the pool or on the beach.

Thank you for reading. Comment below how you are staying motivated until summer! 

Monica Wentworth

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