缺乏时间是巨大的 problem for teachers everywhere. There’s just never enough time for teachers to do their 工作 well AND have a healthy, balanced life outside the classroom. For as long as I have been 工作ing to serve teachers and help you do your 工作 better, time was always the one 我无法解决的问题。我可以分享强大的教学策略，课堂管理技巧，改变游戏规则的技术工具，但是当涉及到真正的钉子时 时间紧缺，我空手而归。
Now there is something 那 I truly believe is going to change teachers’ lives and give you back the time you so sorely need. It’s called the 40小时教师工作周俱乐部，已开发 由我的朋友安吉拉·沃森（Angela Watson）撰写，他是一位杰出的教育博客和顾问，可以在《教师基石》中找到。她创造了 一种系统的方法来帮助老师节省时间 off of their 工作 week and get a whole lot more balance in their lives.
The program, a year-long membership 那 提供每周的电子邮件提示和可下载的资源，旨在帮助教师更清楚地了解他们实际花了多少小时来完成与学校相关的任务，然后针对较小的，更合理的数字进行拍摄。对于某些人来说，这实际上可能是40个小时，但是对于其他许多人来说，这将明显比您少’已经在学校花钱了。设定此目标数字后，俱乐部会员每周都会应用新的策略，以使他们更接近自己的目标 目标，通过一个私人Facebook小组互相支持。
I’m so excited about the program and how well it’s 工作ing for teachers 那 I invited Angela to come onto the podcast and share some of the best tips she shares with club members, five really powerful ways you can save time as a teacher.
这些技巧是安吉拉·沃森（Angela Watson）’s “Big Five,” the principles for teacher productivity 那 form club members’ 余下时间的基础。
1) Eliminate 意外休息.
So often when we think we are 工作ing, we are 实际ly off-task: checking social media, letting our attention drift to a T.V., visiting with a co-worker who just stopped by for a minute. If we can become aware of these 意外休息 and cut way back on them—focusing on 工作ing when we are 工作ing—we will find ourselves with a lot more 实际 空闲时间。
It’s easy to cross the little things off our to-do lists: grade a class set of quizzes, reply to a parent e-mail about an assignment, update the class newsletter. But most people have 那 one task 那 hangs over them—it may be something difficult, time-consuming, boring, or so important we just want to avoid it. Angela advises teachers to decide every day what this task is, to think of it as the Main Thing—your biggest priority for the day, the thing you have been putting off—and get it done first, before ticking off all those smaller, easier tasks. By doing this, you give yourself a sense of satisfaction 那 can’不能通过完成简单的工作而获得。
3) Work ahead by batching and avoid multi-tasking unless the 工作 is mindless.
我们待办事项清单上的许多项目都是一整天都发生的，并且整天和一周内都开始执行，并与这些低效的总成中的其他义务混合在一起“multi-tasking.” Instead of completing tasks one by one—like going to the photocopier every day on an as-needed basis or checking e-mails eight to ten times a day—start doing tasks in larger, less-frequent batches. Get all your photocopying for the week done in one trip. Only check and respond to emails twice a day—but respond to ALL of them in 那 time. By doing more of the same thing all at once, we 实际ly free up more time for ourselves later.
4) Look for innovative ways to relax any standards 那 create unnecessary 工作.
Perfectionism seems to be a common trait for many teachers, and it is the thing 那 keeps us 工作ing hours longer than we need to, looking for 那 perfect resource, adjusting a document until it’恰到好处，完成我们的学生可以完成的任务…but not quite. To start shaving time off your 工作 week, take a good hard look for places where you can relax your 标准，拍摄“good enough,” and finish those tasks more quickly. Save 那 time for the tasks 那 truly deserve extra attention.
真正的教学 can expand to fill up as much time as you let it. So schedule blocks of 工作 right into your calendar the same way you’d schedule appointments. Then, as best as you can, stick to 那 schedule. If you’ve decided to set aside two hours to plan lessons for the upcoming week, 工作 for two hours, then stop. Just knowing you have only blocked off a set period of time can help you 工作 more quickly and efficiently, and it can help raise your awareness of exactly how long each task takes. If you find 那 tasks regularly take longer than the allotted time, you may need to adjust your schedule…或回到项目＃4…or item #1.
I have seen the resources in this club and read the testimonies from the first wave of club members, and the results are impressive. Teachers are saying they no longer take 工作 home on the weekends, 那 they leave school at a reasonable hour, and 那 they are—for the first time in their teaching careers—finding time to give attention to their families, their health, their sleep, their friendships.
On top of 那, they are 实际ly enjoying teaching more.