10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher: Postscript
I always find it useful to review some study or notes I have taken a day or so after the event. It has two primary purposes: firstly to anchor the subject matter into my longer term memory, making it more likely that I will retain the knowledge, and secondly to maintain enthusiasm for taking some appropriate action.
Let’s face it: there are always a multitude of things we could do to improve our practice and organise ourselves more effectively. And if you are just starting off on that journey to make yourself more organised, it can be tempting to put off the day to take the necessary steps: it all seems too daunting, now that you know how much has to be done.
But as John Henry Cardinal Newman reminds us “We must make up our minds to be ignorant of much, if we would know anything.”
One small step…
Also, it’s important to recognise that these steps need not be huge strides, but baby steps in the first instance. One thing at a time, one step at a time. It is better to master one thing than attempt and abandon all. But it is important to move forward.
One way we can do this is to review what we have read. Look through those areas where you have identified work needs doing and work on that for a week. That might be just tidying your desk and keeping it tidy for a week! (See step 4 part 1)
These smaller actions will encourage you to continue on with a further step; believe me, this works. And if you already are fairly well organised, then maybe it’s a good time for you to reflect on how well your system(s) works and if it can be improved.
And don’t forget why you’re doing it…
Whatever stage you are at, make some time to move yourself forward; the benefits are the things we should focus on to keep us motivated: more time, less stress, more effective etc. The amazing thing is, we get instant payback on implementing our ideas.
So if you only choose one area to concentrate on out of the list of 10, choose one today and have a steely resolve to give it a go. Good luck.