Goal: Set Aside Time for Yourself

Welcome to Cycle 7 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Make it Meaningful!

“A field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.” – Ovid

Goal: For 1 week, dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to rest and relaxation.

Accomplish this goal: Part of avoiding burnout is dedicating time to ourselves unrelated to teaching. I’ve struggled with this many times throughout my life, because I am passionate about what I do. I have often used my passion as an excuse to spend too many hours on projects, lessons, or events related to teaching and failed to dedicated time to my mental, spiritual, and physical health.

When we love what we do, I find we actually work so much more because we don’t want to stop what we are doing. The challenge to dedicate 30 minutes a day to rest and relaxation will be difficult for many of us who love what we do, but the challenge is important in creating healthy habits for our a mental, spiritual, and physical health. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I write about my struggle with burnout and depression, which were all part of the lack of time I dedicated to myself. Each year, I get better at dedicating time to myself and I feel this makes me a stronger and better educator.

In my interview below with Tyson Seburn (@Seburnt) we talk about ways to avoid burnout. Listen to the short interview with tips to help you with this week’s challenge.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

One comment

  1. I am going to take the challenge! I have your book and I’m going to start reading it. Does that count as 30 minutes of relaxation? Also, I took today off and spending it with my husband💖. Next Saturday with my girls and their sons.

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