Thursday, September 26, 2013

Loss of Mojo... It happens!


So you are roughly 4-6 weeks into the school year and you are hitting some walls with lack of motivation and there are days that you are asking yourself, "When is the next three day weekend?"

Over the Summer we took time to recharge our batteries, get creative and have fun. As a teacher, we need to carve time out of our regular schedule to do just the same so that we can continue to be the best that we can be.

Top 10 Ways to Stay Creative (and save your Sanity)...

10. Read a book about something new

9. Rent a movie, get into your comfy pajamas and relax at home on the couch.

8. Go on a walk.

7. Take a class in your area. There are several companies that have started such as Painting with a Twist where you can go and have a blast. I went to G'Nosh in Richardson, TX earlier this year and blogged about it here.

6. Pick up the phone and call your bestie! Chat about anything and everything! (Keep a notepad handy for random things that come to your mind.)

5. Read "Steal Like an Artist" as recommended by Kimberly Geswein on her blog. (I grabbed this a few weeks back and it has been awesome for me.)

4. Get out of the house and take your work with you. Find a new surrounding (coffee shop, library, etc.) and let the normal distractions that would phase you allow you to get some much needed work done.

3. Take a day off! We all need mental health holidays here and there!

2. Pamper yourself. Taking time to get a mani/pedi, massage, facial, etc. gives you time to reflect and open your mind.

1. Go on a date! Whether it is with your significant other, girlfriend, former mentor, etc. just get out and have some conversation time to where you see each other face to face and bounce ideas off of each other.

I hope this helps some of you and feel free to bookmark it and come back to it as needed!

What can you do to help you boost your creativity and mojo in the down times? Feel free to leave a comment or even jump on over to my Facebook and leave a comment on today's photo (same as above).



2 comments:

  1. The newness has worn off... and that grading keeps going back and forth - school to home - with me... Not motivated.

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  2. Ooh, can I add to the list? Go to bed early! I did this yesterday and I felt like a million bucks! Maybe there are some lucky teachers out there who aren't as sleep deprived as me, but I'm guessing not, haha. So just try going to bed at least an hour early (I actually went to bed THREE hours early). You'll feel like it's a throwback to summer vacation because you're well rested, you'll have the energy to get more accomplished during the day and you'll be more likely to build up your immunity against the onslaught of the elementary school plague season.

    As for your list, I've started reading more books just for me. It's easier in the summer of course, but so far I've let it carry into the school year at least a little. Most of them are the sort that I might mention to my class so that they can see I'm a reader, but I'm choosing them because I enjoy them, not because I plan on using them for mentor texts. Been TRYING to go for walks, but I'm finding it easier to yoga since it's not weather dependent. And of course going on a date with the hubby is the best stress relief of all; we go once per week (either on a day that I'm extra grouchy or a day that we have something to celebrate).

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