How Can Teachers Get a Good Work-Life Balance?

Being a primary school teacher is hard work. Juggling family life, marking and socialising can seem like an impossible task at times; however, it’s important to know that having a good work-life balance is possible for teachers.

The teaching profession is all about balance. Don’t sacrifice your health and personal life for the sake of your career – follow these simple steps to stop school taking over your life!

Sort out your priorities

Prioritising work, family, social life and hobbies is a challenge, but it’s not impossible. You need to plan how you can fit all these aspects of your life into your schedule and how much time you want to allocate to each. Most importantly, make sure you stick with it! If you’ve planned to work up until six, make sure you do work up until six and no later. We all know how easy it is to get carried away with work, but this will ensure that you still have time to relax and enjoy your evening.

Make sure you have a prioritised to-do list and don’t drift away from it. Student achievement is the most important element to your job as a teacher so this needs prioritising.

Timings are key

We all have our favourite part of the day when we produce our best work, so do your best to figure out when this is for you and work within this time allocation. This will undoubtedly lead to increased productivity and work efficiency because let’s face it, no one wants to be stuck in front of their computer procrastinating for hours upon hours wasting time and adding to the vicious cycle of a poor work-life balance. 

Don’t forget to socialise

Make sure to schedule some time out away from work, so that you have something to aim towards during the week. This can be really difficult when there’s so much work to do, but it’s so important to let your mind rest and take part in enjoyable activities.

Seeing friends and family is a great opportunity to build a support network around you, helping you to remain happy and emotionally well. The happier and healthier you are – physically and mentally – the better you will perform in the classroom.

Make sure to ask for help

It’s really important that you ask for help if you’re struggling. There’s nothing worse then bottling everything up. Speak to your mentor, colleagues or your line manager and share your concerns.

There is a wealth of resources out there on the Internet from networks on Twitter to websites, such as Teach Primary, that are full of ideas offering a helping hand.