Why school psychologists should be thinking about March in December…

 

So I know my last post was about the upcoming break and how we as school psychologists spend our time – resting and recharging or trying to play catch up. Isn’t it crazy that somehow the past few months have flown by and we’re coming up on the halfway point of the school year?  And that for most of us – no matter how much planning and organizing we’ve done – there’s a good chance we’re behind. However, even though we’re currently focused on the holiday break, now is actually the time school psychologists should be focused on March!

I know, I know. But hear me out. This morning as I was doing my treadmill workout, I had an epiphany. School psychology is just like a long workout: it’s a marathon, not a sprint! Thinking back, I know that what I and other school psychs tend to do is try to sprint through the year, go-go-going, working nights and weekends to get ALL THE THINGS accomplished, meeting deadlines and helping kids and then crashing over the holidays. Then, after some Netflix binge-watching and afternoon naps, we jump straight back onto that marathon course and keep running full-out to the finish line at the end of the year. 

This is especially true in March when things get crazy, and our own version of March Madness happens – when everyone refers any and every child with any and every issue for special education assessment, and we just get super slammed. We’re kind of forced to sprint through that, in order to finish all the assessments in time, and then we crash again over the summer.  

I always talk about giving yourself advice in the same way you’d give advice to your school psychologist BFF, so think about this: is the “sprinting through a marathon” analogy REALLY the best strategy for preventing burnout, making sure we’re doing our best work AND having a life?

Of course not. What we know and what we would tell someone else is that it’s important to pace ourselves throughout the year.

So, even though you may not think you’re ready to look forward and plan for March,  what I’m doing for you is hosting a webinar – a special repeat of the webinar that I did in August called “The Four Pillars of a Thriving School Psychologist.”  It’s a great tool to help you reboot and think about why you should be working on your organizational systems now, in preparation for being in the right headspace for the spring. 

I’m definitely not suggesting that you spend your whole holiday break doing work to catch up – there’s another way!

In this webinar I’ll share:

  • The three critical behaviors that you can change to reduce the time spent doing mundane repetitive report writing tasks so you can be with kiddos
  • The one behavior I cultivated that changed the way that I spend my spring (No more March Assessment Madness!)
  • Top 5 time-saving hacks that keep you from being chained to your laptop and prevent that time-crunchy feeling we all get in the spring

I’d be lying if I said that things don’t ramp up in the spring with the volume. However,  now I have a handle on it because I implement PROACTIVE strategies in the fall and in the early part of January. I would love for you to join me and learn more about what that’s all about!   

The goal here is to help you reignite your love for your job and more effectively streamline the mundane stuff. Keep in mind that this webinar is FREE, and stay tuned at the end, where I share about my year-long program that will help you with the marathon that is being a school psychologist! 

I can’t wait to see you in “The Four Pillars of a Thriving School Psychologist” webinar! Don’t wait until you’re knee deep in assessments in the spring to try to get a handle on time management.

Keeping up with assessments now is easier than catching up with assessments in the spring…so sign up now! 

The webinar is available only for a limited time. Spending an hour of your time now in this free training can save HOURS of report writing time in the spring.

Click here to save your spot!

 

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