How do you maintain a work life balance as a new headteacher?

Firstly, congratulations on becoming a Headteacher!

Being a headteacher is a highly rewarding and enjoyable role. However, it  can be difficult look after your own wellbeing as you start your first headship.

Finding a balance between work and personal time is one of the biggest obstacles new headteachers have to overcome..

Leaders tell us that they find themselves constantly thinking about the upcoming week or have a never-ending list of things to do. 

So what can you do to look after your own wellbeing?

Set boundaries: Choose a time each day when you'll stop working and honour it. Set a time each weekend when you will stop worrying about work and begin to enjoy your free time.

Set self-care as a priority by scheduling time for enjoyable and relaxing activities. This could involve anything, such as reading a book, taking a walk, or spending time with close friends and family.

Plan ahead and try to accomplish as much as you can on the weekends if you know you will have a busy week. You'll feel more in control and less stressed as a result of doing this.

Talk to your family and friends about any worries that you have and ask for help if need be. 

Connect with other headteachers: Connecting with other headteachers can be a great way to get support and advice on how to manage your time. Joining our coaching group can be helpful.

Keep in mind that it's crucial to strike a balance between work and personal time. You may need some time to figure out what suits you best, but with some forethought and self-care, you can manage your weekends as a headteacher.





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