Teacher Burnout

It’s only the 6th week of a 10 week term and I think I’m getting close to the point of burnout.  I’m cranky, busy and just plain exhausted.  I have oodles of things to finish before the end of the term and I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel!

I have plenty of strategies to deal with burnout.  They range from the sensible to the ridiculous and they all work! I promise.

  • Create a to-do list with all tasks that need to be completed by a certain date
  • Remove items that are not critical (usually with a big black texta)
  • Make a plan to work through these tasks
  • Consume copious amounts of chocolate while completing the tasks

The reality is that I spend more time planning how to do this huge list of tasks, than actually doing them. I know that I’m somewhat of a perfectionist and that I cannot settle until a job is completed to the highest standard I see possible.  I know that perfection is impossible, but it doesn’t stop me aiming for it.  I can see that this is probably one of the reasons that I am becoming exhausted and burnt out.  I aim for impossible standards and it takes a long time for me to get close to them.

With that said, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I love my job and I love my studies.  I know that I’m putting in the best effort with my class and that I am challenging myself to be a better professional with my university studies.  Sometimes I just wish I had more hours in the day, and more energy in my body!!


How do you deal with teacher burnout?  Do you have any fabulous strategies to prioritise your tasks and get the job done?



3 thoughts on “Teacher Burnout

  1. I think in our profession there are many like you Sarah. Teachers who give their everything to their students, their school and their profession. Your school community is extremely lucky to have you..I just hope they recognise your talents and dedication.

  2. This post is simultaneously uplifting and distressing. As a parent of one of your students, I can say most confidently your efforts are manifestly appreciated (and not just because your hard work in the classroom means less work at home :p).

    Now the point of this post is to actually offer a hand of assistance, in any capacity. We want to help as much we want to get involved in our children’s education. You might be pleasantly suprised to learn some of us are actually tertiary qualified! Extend your hand and you will most certainly find willing recipients 🙂

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