3 ways to enjoy your summer holiday if you work in schools.

After weeks of countdown, the summer holiday can feel a bit underwhelming when it finally arrives, especially when expectation has been high and the build-up long.

So, how can you get the most out of your time and still be “school-ready” for September?

1 – Block out YOUR time.

Decide now which days you are going to work and which days are your time to enjoy, relax and live your life.

Protect this time rigorously.

This is YOUR time.

2 – Turn off alerts connected to work emails, calls, etc.

There’s nothing quite like a “ping” to intrude on your time and draw you into that “quick check in case it is important” email. And once work emails are open, it rapidly takes you down the rabbit hole into a day of work.

Put on your out of office message and be clear when you will be working – and don’t feel guilty of the time that is yours.

3 – Make sure you have something positive to return to.

It is far easier to enjoy your time off in the summer when it is not ruined by any dread of returning to work. Of course, we all want our holidays to last but identifying something positive you will do upon your return helps when the summer is slipping away.

If you really cannot think of a positive, then you stand a far greater risk of your summer being ruined by a miserable countdown to the start of the new academic year. And let’s face it, you didn’t work hard all this academic year to have a summer spoiled by a job you clearly no longer enjoy!

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