Most people try to form new habits at New Years – joining a gym, dry January, giving up meat etc etc. I tend to make my resolutions on each birthday as it’s a more meaningful date for me. Since working in schools however I find that I am reflecting on things much more frequently.
At the start of the school year I gathered my admin and premises teams for a session on INSET day and the focus was efficiency (read about that here). We looked at how we could make things more efficient for the school year ahead and how both teams contribute to the school development plan.
The end of each term brings a natural opportunity to reflect on progress made however this half term ended with an INSET day for us so it was only right that we had another session on this and talk about progress.
It’s hard to believe that we’re half way through the school year but it was great to to be able to share with my teams how far we’d come since September. The RAG ratings on our targets set in September are significantly more green than red now. Despite having a few staff changes since the start of the year we are all pulling in the same direction and it’s great to see that they feel as though they are part of the bigger picture. All too often the admin and premises teams are an afterthought (but not on my watch!)
So, after a successful training session followed by a team lunch in the local pub (purely for team building purposes of course), we ended the day with an understanding of our progress and a plan for the focus after half term. I feel far more relaxed going into the break and although I will be in school for 3 out of the 5 days I’m looking forward to the “downtime”.
To kick it all off I’ve started a new habit – 10 mins of daily yoga. The big question is will it last once we’re into Spring 2? I hope so because it’s a nice way to start the day and allows me to say I’m sticking to my birthday resolution of keeping fit after forty. But let’s face it, I need all the calming techniques I can get before facing work each day so long may it continue.