This concept came up this week during one of the TOSA Team meeting as we discussed our workload, our position, our roles and responsibilities, and what we can and cannot do. Elementary school principals and district level coordinators in our district have been asking the TOSA Team to do projects that are both outside our role and responsibility and add to our already loaded plate. Will you do this? Can you join me in that? I need you to do this? ...
"Stay in your lane." Our supervisor, Barbara Harris, the Chief Academic Officer of Elementary Education, always reminds us to stay in our lane.
As educators and caregivers we all "suffer" from being people pleasers. We want to say yes. We want to help. Although this is an honorable and noble thing - to help others - it often comes at a detriment to ourselves, our workload, our stress level, our mental health, our physical health, and our continual process to balance our lives. Today, Barbara emphasized the importance of setting limits and boundaries in our conversation of workload and learning how to say the positive no. She recommended for each of us to read the book The Power of a Positive No.
During this past Monday's #TOSAchat, this question of how to balance your workload came up and I responded with the following tweet. Needless to say I continually work on this and by no means claim to be able to set limits.