I will be honest…. The last four weeks of the school year were my most challenging since becoming a principal 3 years ago! Everyone noticed it. Even I noticed it. I tend to be an open book (wear my emotions on my sleeve, blog about things, and vent openly and honestly)….
But the challenges I faced were beyond my scope, or so I thought. Many times I drove home considering to never return. Nothing was good enough, problems persisted, and deadlines piled up HIGH. Event after event, I just kept focusing on the positive. I knew it would end (and I was correct)!
Here are the lessons I learned, and tips to keep my sanity:
- Make the call – Get your mentors on the phone, and tell them everything.
- Pick up the phone when they call – When your mentors check in on you, take the call and tell them everything!
- Be honest with people – We all go through tough times. Let your people know that things have been rough.
- Wait 24 hours on major decisions – Ready to send the epic email? Just wait. Need a meeting ASAP? Just wait.
- Watch your diet and exercise – Stress can be combated through a healthy diet and regular exercise (I know it feels better during high stress times to eat unhealthy, but not in the long run)
- Set a date – Tell yourself that if I can get to a certain point things will be better
- Blog about it – But don’t blog about it (if you know what I mean, wink, wink) Social venting is not becoming 🙂