How to Get Back To Work Mode After A Summer Off

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As a teacher, I typically get June through August off. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m not working because I typically pick up more work with my blog as well as doing other part-time work to make a little extra income over the summer. The extra dough helps for when hubby and I want to travel or get the things that we want and need for our household to be comfortable.

But even though I work part-time over the summer, getting back into full-time work when school starts up again is a strenuous task. It’s been about a little over a week since I’ve been back and I’m absolutely exhausted. The first day back, I was so tired that I don’t even remember what I cooked or that I sat down and had dinner. I only know because the next morning, there were leftovers. I can even feel the tiredness in my body. There are so many different aches and my mind is constantly racing with how I’m going to manage my time and what I can do early in order to give myself a break later. But I will admit, getting back into work has been less taxing this year than it has been in any other year. Each year I improve on what I can do in order to ease myself back into work mode without completely falling apart.

One of the biggest things I do is plan ahead. Around the beginning of August, I began thinking about what my first month back to work would look like and what I wanted it to be. Then I sat down and planned out my work calendar for the entire first 5 weeks of work. After looking at my calendar, I realized that there were a lot of things that I could get done earlier while I had more time on my hands in order to not stress myself out later. For me, it was a lot of agendas, test making, lesson planning, and additional paperwork that I was able to get done so that the only thing that I had to do when I arrived back to the school building was send down the originals for copies. Just thinking about it now, all of my handouts for the next four weeks are already in my classroom with a sticky note attached to the date. No need to stress about what the next day is going to look like, I already have it planned out and now I can just plan out the weeks moving forward so that I am always ahead.

Another way that I have eased myself back into work mode is with the help of my husband. He knows that this is a change for me. No more waking up at 9am and laying in bed for the next few hours before I really need to get up. Now, when the alarm clock goes off at 5:30am – it’s time to get up and get going. My husband helps a lot more around the house when I first get back into work mode because he knows I’m adjusting. The help is always appreciated because it takes a lot of stress off of me, so that I’m not falling asleep at 8:30pm and we can spend more time together.

The last big way I get back into work mode is by taking a moment and really thinking about why I am in the profession I am in. I became a teacher because I want every child to have equal opportunities. I want to be that teacher that makes every student feel as if they are cared about and that someone is listening even when they think no one is. So each morning, when I am struggling to get up, I just think about how me being there could be effecting someone’s day. My job motivates me which takes away from the harshness of getting back into work mode.

Also, caffeine. It’s a magical thing.

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  • I am also a teacher and just starting to get back into the swing of things! This time of year is always such a big adjustment and I never start planning quite early enough! I love your tip about creating a schedule of things that you need to do for the first 5 weeks! Having everything prepared must be a huge help!

    • That little step has been a life saver for me. Planning ahead with anything gives me such anxiety relief.