For many of us, this is a difficult concept. We constantly think about what more we could be doing. But the fact is, what we are doing is enough. We are enough.
During a survey of music teachers, 92% reported feeling a lack of balance between their personal and professional lives, largely because of the growing expectations of the job. Some of these expectations came from the school and administration, other were expectations the teachers put on themselves. Many music teachers felt they could do nothing about this short of leaving their jobs, which was not an option. When this is the case you have to remind yourself that you are enough and you are doing enough.
You Are Enough
Angela Watson, the host of “The Truth for Teachers” podcast gives these three suggestions to help teachers remember they are enough:
- Stop comparing yourself to other teachers. No two situations are alike and no two teachers are alike. Making yourself feel inferior just makes you feel worse.
- Remember that every time you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else. Before committing to something extra or new, determine exactly what you are saying no to as a result. Is it worth it?
- Consider the MVP: Minimum Viable Product. An MVP takes a smaller amount of time and energy to produce a decent and functional product. Give yourself a specific amount of time to complete a task to the MVP stage. Once there, you can implement and start using it, collecting feedback and making adjustments as needed while you move forward.
To hear more about these ideas, checkout the full episode here: How to Figure Out What’s ‘Good Enough’ and Be Satisfied With It.
Other great resources:
- Dear New Teachers: You Don’t Need to Be Superheros, by John Spencer
- Getting Comfortable With Saying No, by Peg Grafwallner
- A Bright Idea for Gently Yet Firmly Saying No, by Angela Watson
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