Let’s get you back into routine in 2021 – New year, New you!

First of all, everyone at Dunbar Education would like to wish you a Happy New Year! Whether you have been working within a setting or working remotely, everyone has earned a well-deserved break with a fresh start amongst us after let’s just say, a very odd year. We hope you do feel refreshed and ready for the new year, new goals if you have any (we don’t blame you though if you don’t!) But after time off and any break from work, we understand it is difficult to get back into a routine. Even if you are still getting used to the unfortunate routine of 2020, Dunbar is here for you with some suggestions to help out.

Take your time

We all know that being thrown into a new term can be hectic, but if you are trying to establish a new routine, do not put too much pressure on yourself as you will not stick to it. Creating new routines can be challenging and doing too much at once will become frustrating, overwhelming, and much more difficult to stick to.

As an alternative, identify each task or change your plan to make the difference, but introduce them one at a time. Baby steps are better than nothing… ‘slow and steady wins the race’, as they say.

Early bird catches the worm… right?

I’m sure you have heard it all before, but the most productive of days are started off right. Improve the chance of being more productive from the moment you wake up. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off instead of snoozing (I know it sounds much more appealing to stay in bed, especially in these darker and colder mornings) But, you will feel much better in the long run when this becomes a routine.

Do not skip breakfast, take the time to make, it eat it and enjoy it rather than rushing out of the door. Take that time for you. Plus skipping this important meal of the day will not give you any energy, making you feel less productive as the day goes on. Having that morning routine will encourage you to continue your productive day and as it continues, we guarantee you will feel much more motivated.

Night-time routine

Remember, night-time routines are just as important. Create a ritual by giving yourself some ‘you’ time after a busy day filled with others, children, students, and family members.

Organise the next day the night before so you have more time for your morning routine. This will alleviate that stress and rush.

Drink less caffeine and try to incorporate some exercise in your day too.

Remember routine, write it down

Working in education is so rewarding, but no one said it was easy. You have so much to think about; the curriculum, the lesson planning, behaviour management, are the student’s taking it in? That meeting you are yet to plan for, your DBS renewal, that interview you agreed to do … the list is endless.

So, we understand half the time you do not have a moment to think about yourself. If you feel like you are struggling to prioritise and cannot fit everything you need to into a day, write it down.

Start by writing a to-do list. This can be one for a day or a week-ahead. Have a diary and a schedule of what you aim to do. If this is looking very busy and overwhelming, move it around. Prioritise your time with matter of importance and move the less vital tasks to the next day.

If you plan ahead, you can see what is really needed to be done and get some of those busy thoughts out of your mind. This will help reduce your stress levels and you will have such a sense of achievement when you see how much you have actually accomplished.

Memory lane

Writing things down and creating that routine will create good habits. This will also support your memory strength.

We are sure you have done this before. Think of your student – studying so hard and then the pressure of the exam, you think you have forgotten everything. Some are better at recalling information than others. But by incorporating routine and adding structure into your day, these are all are ways that can improve your memory retention. Less head fuzz opens more room for that important information.

Classroom routine

Sometimes you forget you do things when you do them every day. And we are sure you have set up a routine with your students.

Such as when you take attendance, timings for lessons, lining up, break times, lunch times etc.

You know these routines are great for your students, so why not incorporate them into your personal day too.

Let us help

Let Dunbar Education take away some of those thoughts buzzing around your head? We have a variety of other blogs to help you with tips and tricks, including ‘Top 10 online resources to help teachers plan a lesson.’

Our friendly consultants have years of experience supporting and placing teacher’s into their dream jobs – some of them were teachers themselves so are always happy to offer advice.

Contact us today!

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