Becoming a master of Monday’s. Sets you up for a wonderful week.
You have just had a wonderful weekend. Catching up with friends, walking the dogs, sleeping in, playing with the kids, maybe a little school work and of course Father’s Day. It was most likely a busy weekend that flew by.
Are you ready for Monday?
Going straight back to a messy desk that you left behind Friday as you rushed to staff drinks is a high probability for most teachers. There is nothing wrong with that at all. But how you approach your Monday can affect your whole week.
Monday morning’s are a very interesting time of the week. Teacher’s have the option of being well prepared, settled and thinking with the right mindset, teacher’s could also be rushed, unprepared and still in weekend mode. Getting this wrong can result in a very long week where you are constantly checking the time and waiting for the bell to ring at 3pm Friday.
Being in this frame of mind, known as “chasing your tail”, like a little lost puppy dog. Is not conducive for a school teacher, it is unhealthy for your well being, but most importantly it does not create a positive learning environment for your children.
Monday is magic if you make it that way.
How do you feel when you step into your classroom first thing on a Monday morning?
Are you upbeat, organised and attentive to student needs?
Are you hiding behind your desk, quickly trying to plan and disconnected from your students?
Your answer to these two question is a valuable piece of reflection for all teachers. If you are the latter of the two, fix this QUICKLY!
When your students walk through the door first thing on a Monday morning it MUST. Not should, could, would, maybe… it 110% must be your priority to greet them positively and connect with them to create a Safe Emotional Environment. You can learn how to create a SEE at our Bali Retreat or MM Workshop.
Your number one priority on a Monday morning is to get yourself together and do whatever it takes to be prepared for the day and week. If you over indulged over the weekend, great. If you were busy with family, superb. If you finished a Netflix series, outstanding. Regardless of how your weekend went. Monday’s are magic and you need to master them.
Today it is our Monday morning mission to share with you 5 tips to mastering Monday’s and every other day.
Being able to manipulate your Monday is an essential skill to teaching. Using Monday morning as a slingshot into a magical week, sets you up for success and the little or big wins we all love. These tips don’t have to just be used on Monday, they can apply to any day of the school week.
My university degree taught me a little, not very much too be honest. One thing it did do was teach me how to plan. Instead of calling it a “Teaching Degree”, it should be called a “Planning Degree”. I got really good at lesson planning and understanding the importance of being well prepared.
The weekend is the perfect chance to reset, reflect and evaluate how the previous week played out. I like to take some private time over the weekend to reflect on the week that’s been and do some planning for the week ahead. Planning over the weekend can take as little as 10 minutes, what this does is it primes our brains to become subconsciously aware of what to expect and what to look out for when we are teaching.
We don’t expect planning to impact on your social calendar and it certainly shouldn’t take precedence over family time or “me” time on the weekend. Finding time to come up with a plan of your week ahead will provide mental clarity, direction and focus for the week ahead. With out this your mind can be a weapon of mass destruction and leave you feeling lost, lonely and not present at all.
Tip: Before you leave your desk on Friday afternoon, write a short plan of the following week ahead. Including any important tasks to have ready for Monday and any that can wait.
2- Goal Setting
Our Mindset Manoeuvre workshop, provides the perfect process for teachers to set goals. We all know we should do it, but how many of you do. How often do you set goals and review goals or achieve them and celebrate!? The power of goal setting is undeniable.
We should all have Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG’s), these are our career, life, big success goals. That are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound. If none of that makes any sense to you, then you must be wandering around like a headless chook and need to get in touch so we can help you set some.
Having these BHAG’s or long term goals allows you to set daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals, but also allows you to be consciously aware of how what you do each day and how this impacts on your BHAG’s and career progression.
Setting daily and weekly goals are the next important tip for conquering your Monday and setting you up for the week ahead. I like to write my weekly goals down on a Sunday night and post them on my mirror at the end of my bed. That way I can always see them and remember them during the week. When I sit down at my desk each morning I check in and write down what my goals are for that day, these are aligned with my weekly goals.
Tip: Write down your BHAG’s and have them posted somewhere visible, like your bathroom mirror. That way you can be reading them while getting ready in the morning. Then take a post it note and first thing Monday morning write down your daily goals and stick them to your computer screen.
You are never going to get sick of hearing us tell you how powerful mindfulness is for teachers and students. It’s powerful for everybody and we wish so badly, it was an essential part of the curriculum. Unfortunately, it is not. Fortunately, we have inspiring and empowering teachers like yourself to deliver mindfulness. Firstly, we need you to be more mindful.
Mindfulness Monday’s is the perfect way to start your week. Spending as little as 5 minutes with a meditation, breathing routine, listening to music or even just sitting at your desk, phone away, free from distractions and just enjoying every sip of your morning coffee can profoundly increase your cognitive functioning and mental ability for the day ahead.
Instead of being foggy and disconnected on Monday morning, use mindfulness to reimage your mindset and start the week present, enthusiastic and alive!
Tip: Download the Smiling Mind app and select a simple 5-10 minute mind workout to do when you arrive in your classroom. This will guide you through a simple mindfulness activity that programs your mind to be fully aware and present for the day ahead.
4- Be Like Sponge Bob Square Pants
SpongeBob square pants is a super hero. If he were a real human being the world would be a better place. Seriously, here are four lessons for teachers from SpongeBob to get more joy out of life:
Be the eternal optimist: SpongeBob always sees the best in any situation. Your thinking really does shape your reality. And because SpongeBob looks for the best, he finds it. You can to!
Value people: SpongeBob knows what friendship means. He loves he pals in Bikini Bottom, even Squidword (who is always cranky). SpongeBob knows that respect and putting people first are two of the most important elements for strong relationships. Two elements teachers need to work as a part of a team.
Be an original: SpongeBob is one a kind. Too many among us are afraid to be ourselves. So we give up our dreams to follow the crowd. Tragic. “To thine own self be true”, wrote William Shakespeare. Have the courage to be your true, and greatest, you! Be YOU inc.
Laugh and have fun: There’s no point being successful but sad. Makes no sense. Yes, set BHAG’s and reach for the moon. But enjoy the ride as well. Life wasn’t meant to be an ordeal. It was meant to be a celebration. So have as much fun as you can, while you chase and achieve your goals and dreams.
Tip: Take a leaf out of SpongeBob's book.
5- SMILE :)
As we talked about last week in our blog, a smile can physically, mentally and emotionally change the way you feel. So when you wake up Monday morning and go for a walk, listen to your favourite music, cook some breakfast or do your make up- SMILE!
When you arrive at school and say hello to staff- SMILE!
When you sit at your desk and look around your room- SMILE!
WHEN YOUR STUDENTS WALK THROUGH THE DOOR- SMILE!
Smiling makes the classroom safe, relationships strong and the world a better place. Smiling makes you feel good and the person staring back at you great. In a world full of positivity, it isn’t hard to find something or someone to make you SMILE.
Tip: Each morning it is your mission to play a game with yourself. Count how many people you can SMILE at before school starts. This will be fun, but it will also program your mind to keep doing it all day without having to think about. Happy teachers, teach well!
Big idea from Robin Sharma:
Your days are your life in snippets. As you live your hours, you are creating your years. As you live your years, you are creating your life. What you do today is actually creating your future. The words you speak, the thoughts you think, the food you eat and the actions you take are defining your destiny- shaping who you are becoming and what your life will stand for. Small choices lead to giant consequences- over time. There’s no such thing as an unimportant day.
It is up to you teachers, to take control of your days and weeks. To determine how you want them to play out.
Are you going start Monday’s magically or let them magically control you?
Each one of us is called to greatness. We all have an amazing power with in us. Every teacher can have a significant impact on the world around us, if we choose. But, this power that is waiting to grow, needs to be used. And the more you use it, the stronger it gets. The more we tap into this power, the more confident we become.
Advertising guru Donny Deutsch wrote in his book Often Wrong, Never in Doubt: “For ever person with the stuff, the one out of a hundred who goes to a rarefied place is the one who says, ‘why not me?’ and goes for it.
The best teachers among us are not more gifted than the rest. They just take little steps each day as the launch towards their biggest life. And these days slip into weeks, the weeks into months and before they know it, they arrive at a place called extraordinary.
What are you going to do to master Monday?
How can you better manage your week?
Are you taking baby steps towards your Big Hairy Audacious Goals?