Teacher productivity is valued whether you are a classroom teacher or working on your teacher side hustle. In order to be productive with the limited time at your disposal, consider what systems you have in place.
- Do you have workflows?
- Are you utilizing templates?
- How do you organize tasks?
- How much time are you planning out your day?
- Are you looking regularly at your list of tasks?
- Do you have a long “to-do” list?
Teacher Planning Productivity
Let’s start with being productive in the classroom. Over the past 7-10 years, I have spent A LOT of hours planning and creating systems so that I am working close to contract hours. I’ve stopped taking work home. Usually the only time I work at home is during report card writing season (3 times a year).
If you are a new teacher, expect to be working 60-80 hours a week, depending on training, availability of resources, support, etc. I think it would be unrealistic to tell new teachers that they can work 40 hours a week, especially if they are required to write a lot of units, assessment, etc.
I made this video a while back as I am asked how I get all my work done. This takes time, but here are a couple suggestions for you.
Time Block Google Spreadsheet
Teacher Productivity for Your Side Hustle
This is huge! As someone who has built my business with systems and without them, YOU NEED A SYSTEM! I cannot imagine trying to build this bigger without one. I will be making a blog post shortly but over 6-8 months as my business began to grow, I didn’t have a system in place to help me grow it. Problems ensues that I am still fixing.
Take time to look at how you are organizing everything, and I mean EVERYTHING! It doesn’t matter whether you have a paper or digital planner (I have 2 paper planners, for now), but procedures, templates, systems need to be able to handle growth. Will your current set of systems handle the growth? Over the next month (while I am on summer break), I will add to this page some suggestions for you. Here are a couple digital to take a look at.