Read by Example Newsletter, 10-6-18: Work/Life Balance

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In this week’s newsletter, we explore the concept of work-life balance.

  1. Do checklists drain you? Consider an “un-checklist”, described in this post, in which you add daily experiences to a list that documents an interesting life.
  2. Commit30 is my favorite planner. My wife introduced it to me. Each month, you commit to one habit in an area you want to improve. (This month is reading widely.) I can integrate work and home instead of always trying to find balance.
  3. The concept of work/life integration vs. balance originates from the research by Dr. Ellen Langer, author of Mindfulness and The Power of Mindful Learning. You can find links to both books on the blog’s Recommended Reading page.
  4. School/literacy leadership can be lonely. To combat isolation, I recommended five applications for creating a sense of connectedness in this post.
  5. The concept of connectedness can be explored in Parker Palmer’s article Thirteen Ways to Look at Community (Center for Courage and Renewal).
  6. Of all the applications, the most important one to me is Twitter. It’s what got me started on becoming a connected educator. Colleagues and I wrote an ASCD Express article on this topic, which includes several “edu-tweeps” to follow…

To read the rest of this newsletter, sign up here for free. Thanks for following!

-Matt

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

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