How Teachers and Trainers Can Plan a Relaxing but Productive Summer Break

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Episode 63 of The Teaching Space Podcast outlines a simple strategy to help teachers and trainers plan a relaxing but productive summer break.

1. Visualise

First, think about where you want to be, both personally and professionally, by the end of the summer. Write it down.

2. List

Next, list all of the steps you need to take to achieve that overall aim.

3. Highlight

Grab a highlighter pen and mark out your top priorities. This will be helpful when you start mapping out what you will do when later on.

4. Balance Check

This is the most important part of the process. Check that what you are planning is balanced. Your requirements will be different to mine, but for example, I would be ensuring my plan is balanced between:

  • rest/health
  • home improvements
  • friends and family
  • personal projects

Where tasks don’t contribute to a decent balance, and are not a priority, strike them off.

5. Plan

Now grab your calendar and plan out each week’s to-do list.


This is the last podcast for my academic year - I will be taking a break over summer. The next episode will go live on Friday 30 August 2019 so if you are not currently subscribed to the show, I recommend you do so. I’ll still be active in our Facebook group during my break, so feel free to come and hang out over there. I’ll also still check in with you by email if you are are signed up to receive The Teaching Space Extra.

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