Sanity Savers

It's Thursday! And I do believe I see a three day weekend in my future!

Today's Teacher Week 2015 topic, courtesy of Blog Hoppin,' is Sanity Savers.

Here are a few things that I do to make life easier:

Use Time Wisely

I am big on leaving work at work, so I have to find ways to get everything done without lugging a giant bag home every night. For me, I know I can get more done in the hour before school starts than I will at any other time of the day, so it's worth it to me to set my alarm early. I also make sure I have tasks in mind for the times kids are working independently (which is not a lot of time at this point of the year!) and I try to tackle as much grading as possible during planning. This way, I can walk out empty-handed and still feel like I accomplished as much as possible during the day. 

Routines, Routines, Routines

My goal is that by the end of the year, the class could function entirely independently as if I wasn't even there. Now, some classes get closer to this than others, but I always try! This means I hit routines and procedures hard at the beginning of the year and keep practicing until they have it down. The more the kids can do on their own, the less I have to do, which frees me up to help my friends who need a little more guidance.


I try to do a little bit of yoga every day, even if I only have time to squeeze in a few sun salutations. My mood is 100% better when I keep up with it. 

Get Lost in a Book

A half hour before bedtime, I stop what I'm doing and I take out my Kindle. Reading calms my brain down and helps me fall asleep.  

Essential Oils

I don't know what I did before I discovered peppermint oil. It gets rid of any headache I have, and I put a little dab on my temples on those days when I can't seem to get fully the time I get to work I feel much better!

Be sure to join up with Blog Hoppin' to share your Sanity Savers!


  1. Oooh I just got into essential oils! I have to try waking up with the help of peppermint! Do you put it directly on your temples of mix it with a carrier oil first?? Peppermint is safe enough not too right?? Also, I set a goal to read each night this year! I need a little time for me each night! Have a great year!!

    1. I dilute it on a cotton ball with some water. Peppermint STINGS so you either need to dilute it or use a carrier oil. Temples and behind the ears are the best places!

  2. I prefer getting to work early too. I try to enter the school by 6:30 so I have an hour to get prepared. It saves me from feeling rushed all day long.

    1. There's a lot less distractions in the morning, too! I have aftercare in my room in the afternoon for this quarter, so getting anything done then is just not happening.

  3. I haven't tried the peppermint oil, but I probably need to because I am not a morning person!

    Finding those little tasks to accomplish throughout the day is key!

    Thanks for sharing your sanity savers!

    The Crescent City Classroom

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I was never a morning person growing up, but I've changed over the last few years.


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