Sunday, 20 January 2013

Early To Bed-Early To Rise

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In preparation for going back on teaching placement the week after next, this week is going to be officially known in our household as Early To Bed-Early To Rise Week

I will go from having to be in uni for lectures at 9.30 am, to being in school at about 8.00 am. This means getting up at 6.30am and being out the door by 7.15 am. In order to get enough sleep, it means me getting into bed between 10.30-11.00 pm and not a minute later.

If I don't get in some sleeping-waking practice this week, it's going to hit me hard the following week as the days are relentless. I can often arrive in school and work non-stop until I leave at 6 pm and then end up doing more work at home. Whoever thinks that teachers go home at 3.30 pm, needs a wake up call. It's hard work!

This week also means making sure I eat well, remember to take ALL my vitamins, get the house to resemble some form of tidy and think about anything that needs to be thought about(car insurance!) in the next three weeks before I get a brief respite at half term.

I also need to make sure I write all my lists to keep me sufficiently organised and working effectively in the coming weeks. I was told by my Mentor last term that I need to work smartly and rest more so that I don't burn out. I ended up having a nasty eye infection at the end of the last placement caused by being run-down and then got a cold which wouldn't shift itself until we broke up for Christmas. Pace is the name of the game!

So, I'm throwing my BIG question out there. I'm hoping you'll have lots of suggestions that I can try out! 

What do you do to keep yourself relaxed and sane when there's lots going on?
How do you make sure you get some 'me' time and manage to sleep when your head is full of 'stuff'? 


  1. You have a lot on your plate! When I am overwhelmed, I try to make sure that I get outside for a walk every day. Even if I don't feel like going, once I lace up my shoes and get out the door I am always glad I went. It makes for a great inexpensive date, too! The fresh air does wonders for my mental state.
    I also make a list of the things I need to do the next day (or week) before I go to bed. That way I can relax and know that I won't forget anything.
    Good luck with everything!

    1. There will definitely be lots of lists in the coming weeks! I changed my journey into school when I had my last placement so I have a longer walk but a shorter train journey. Less reading but more audio books, music and much-needed fresh air! The thought that is sustaining me through this is that by the time I finish the placement in six weeks, spring should have arrived in London! x

  2. Sounds a nightmare, but I think you have the same approach I would. In times of stress when I have a lot on, I keep a pad and pen by my bed so that if I think of something that I need to do when trying to get to sleep, I write it down so that I can then 'forget about it' til morning and won't lie awake worrying that I'm going to forget - if that makes sense! Seems to work. Best of luck! xx

    1. If only things had gone to plan, Lucy! I had a week of finding it easy to procrastinate and hard to get down to work. On top of that I had a surprise early finish on Wednesday when I came home and just noodled for a few hours. There have been lots of late nights when I've wanted to stay up and read or chat to Mr P as I know I won't have the option of that next week. I did force myself to get up early this morning though and will be up even earlier tomorrow. At least there's the incentive to watch Andy Murray's match!
      Happy Weekend! x