The Teacher Leader Podcast

Teacher Productivity Tips with Grace Marie Griffith

April 27, 2021 Grace Marie Griffith Season 2 Episode 5
The Teacher Leader Podcast
Teacher Productivity Tips with Grace Marie Griffith
Show Notes Transcript

Come join me and  Grace Marie Griffith in this week's episode! She is a productivity coach for teachers, a toddler momma, and a coffee enthusiast. 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why productivity needs to be personal 
  • Setting boundaries as a form of self care 

Connect with Grace on Instagram or listen to her podcast, Teacher Take the Lead.
 


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Connect with me on Instagram and send me a message if you have any questions about the workshop or want to learn how to get started launching a podcast.  

Brittany:

are you a busy teacher ready to make an impact? Wanting to share your message with the world, but not short, where to start welcome to the teacher leader podcast. I'm your host, Brittany rank con I help educators use their voice to share their message and find new ways to leadership so that you are reaching as many teachers as possible. Join me for interviews with aspiring educators and tips to grade a plan for ways for you to leave. And inspire whether it's in the classroom or online. So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and let's get started on this journey together. I am so excited to introduce to you this week's guests. Grace Marie Griffith is an elementary school teacher, turned productivity coach for educators. She is also a podcaster toddler, mom, bookworm and coffee enthusiast. While pregnant with her first child, she was working over 60 hours a week and still feeling guilty for not doing more. She realized that she needed to restructure her life. If she didn't want to burn out. So after reading all the books and podcasts, that promise that they could help her become the mom and the teacher that she wanted to be. She ultimately discovered that productivity needed to be personal. She designed her work habits around her own personality, values, and strengths in order to make sure that she was able to stick to them. Now, grace helps teachers utilize their strengths and expertise as productivity tools so that they can get more done while feeling more confident. So let's get to it. Shall we? Okay. So before we dive into the interview, I wanted to let you know that this week, the doors of the podcasting teacher are officially open. I am so excited to open up the doors for my group coaching program. The podcasting teacher is a 30 day intensive, where you. Me and a group of educators get together and work on launching your podcast. I am so excited to help teachers launch podcasts, to help grow their visibility and really get their voice out there. Not only do I show you the five simple step framework that I use to launch this podcast, but also the exact same framework that I use with my clients to launch their shows. Have you been thinking about starting your teacher podcast, head on over to Brittany rincon.com/enroll to learn all of the details. Okay. Now on with the interview. So I am so excited for this interview. We are going to be talking about productivity, which I think to be very honest, I'm going to learn more from than anyone listening. So I'm, I'm excited. So today we have grace. Grace, can you just like, tell us a little bit about yourself for everyone listening.

Grace:

My name is grace and I'm from Dallas, Texas. I have a two-year-old daughter who is obsessed with frozen, which means that I'm obsessed with frozen too. And we listened to it all the time. And, uh, I'm an elementary school teacher. This I'm taking this year off. Um, but I started. My coaching business to teach teachers about productivity, habits and mindset strategies, to help them build habits that really maximize their unique strengths and skillset, to be able to make time for the things that really matter both personally and professionally, and to build confidence at the same time.

Brittany:

I love that. I don't think there is a teacher out there, especially right now with everything going on that isn't like, I need help, but being more productive. Oh yes. And that's the thing with productivity is like, we are always. Like recreating and restructuring our habits to continue to maintain those rhythms and our time management. It's never like, Oh, I have mastered it. You know? So that's what I love about it. It's just always a growth process. It's so true. It's funny that you say that because I have those conversations with my students all the time. I'm like, you know, this might work for you now, but we might have to think of, you know, like reevaluate it in like a couple months and see what might work then. And then, you know, looking inward. I never have that conversation with myself. I never say, you know, is this habit still working for me? Am I still being as productive as I can be? So I love that. You mentioned that that's so true.

Grace:

Oh, absolutely. So.

Brittany:

As teachers, you know, like we said, productivity is something we're always looking to kind of, you know, get better at so that we're not feeling overwhelmed all the time. Why do you think that as teachers, we struggle so much with wanting to be everyone, to everything, to everyone. It's

Grace:

so true that we feel that way. I B I think that, I think that there's so many hats that we wear as teachers to begin with. And so there's a lot of expectations that, that we feel. That we have to maintain. And then we have our own expectations too. Right. We see the needs of our students right in front of us all the time. And so we feel like if we don't meet those needs, if we don't differentiate this lesson, if we don't give this particular strategy or if we don't do all the things then, or even just do it, we see the next teacher doing down the hall because it seems to be working. And it's really cool then. We're not doing our best, that we're not living out our calling and there, we're not making a difference. And that's just not true. We can't, we, we start to lose ourselves when we try to be everything because we. Lose the opportunity to connect with someone else when we need to ask for help or to let me know I need that boundary or that limitation we have to, first of all, see it and notice this I'm spending so much time at home grading these papers, or I'm taking lesson planning home, and it needs to be when it needed to be done during the week. When we see those, those. Natural limitations and boundaries. We have the opportunity to creatively problem solve, whether that's connecting with someone else and asking about their strategy or figuring out another way to lesson plan so that it doesn't take as much time as it has been. All those different ways that we can. Practice that creativity. It kind of happens in the moment when we realize, Oh man, I can't do it all. And I can't, I can't meet all these needs. And I think that when we realize that what we're doing with teaching the students, even as students that are in our classroom, even if you're in a self-contained class. Yeah. There their instruction is, so it goes beyond just us. And we have to be intentional about reaching out and collaborating with other teachers and asking for help because there's, it is bigger than us and our students need that.

Brittany:

Definitely. I mean, I couldn't agree more. And I think, like you said, like we wear so many hats. What's one more, you know, and I think we have, we always have that attitude, like, Oh, we could do one more thing. You know, it's it's for the right reasons we can handle it, we could juggle it. And it's just this idea that. If we can't do it all, then maybe there's something wrong with us,

Grace:

right? Yes. That fear of failure. We talk to our students all the time about just try, you know, do your best. And it's, it's hard for us to sometimes like if we can't do it all, or if we make a mistake, Just being able to accept that and, and learn from it or realize, Oh, I can't, I can't do it all. Like I need to draw a boundary line there or I need to try something different.

Brittany:

Yeah. And especially like, you know, a lot of us are, are now, you know, we're teachers and we're also business owners now. Right. So we're wearing that additional hat as well. And, you know, Trying to run a business part-time, you know, in our spare few minutes that we have as educators. What would be like some advice that you would have for a teacher who's really wanting to maximize their productivity in such a short amount of time.

Grace:

I would say clarify what you can't control and simplify what you can control. So as business owners, running a side hustle on the side of all the things that we have to do with teaching, even with the tasks that we have on our plate with teaching, we need simple systems because we can't do, we can't treat our businesses like their nine to five jobs because they're not. So we need simple strategic. Tasks and, and strategies and, and different different systems that we can use to that that really naturally apply to our strengths. So like, if podcasting is your thing, go for podcasting and then maximize that for your blog, or if choose one social media outlet that works for you. And then just maximize that. Start with the simple, simple tasks. Get yourself those small wins. Take it one day at a time when we get a time when, you know, insight, social media insight, while I'll get a time and then go from there. And then it's important to clarify art, what we can't control either. Cause like we, when we realize that we have those natural boundaries there, we have our limitations. Maybe we don't know about, we were learning more about marketing or we, yeah. Feel stuck because we're not seeing the results that we want, whether that's from students or from our business, what do we need to clarify about what's not working and then what do we need to clarify about the expectations that we have of ourselves? Is that a realistic expectation? And then. The expectations that we see from our administrators or from our, um, our teammates and our students are those expectations that have been set in place, or are we just assuming that some of them are there? We have to get things done. We've got to do our jobs. We've got to get results for our business, but. What results are actually meaningful and which ones are data driven and which ones are there because we feel like we need to be doing them. I

Brittany:

love that. I think so many of us are like, we have to do it all right. The same way we do it all. At school, in our classrooms, we have to do it all in our businesses as well. And if that teacher is doing all of this and I should be able to do all of this as well, there's so

Grace:

much pressure. Yeah. And I think too, we play the comparison game at school and in our businesses because we just do, it's just natural. And I mean, it's, it's something that. W it kind of challenges you to stay focused on who you are and what your businesses is focused on and what your students' needs are. Because at the end of the day, you're talking about your legacy and it's not going to be the same as someone else's, it's going to be based on your voice and you are strengths. So. Have some like practice self-awareness for that. I will always practice reflection either at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day and do a little bit of journaling in some format. And sometimes I'll reflect on what I did that day, or just kind of focus on my goals just to remember who I am, what I'm doing, what all this is for.

Brittany:

Yeah, because we didn't start down this path of having our own businesses for nothing. Right. We have a goal. And I think sometimes we lose sight of that goal, which is why we feel like we have to do everything, but it's like you were saying, right? Like is even what we're doing leading to the results that we want. Right. Is it going to take us to that destination that we're looking for? Or are we just doing it all to say that we're doing it?

Grace:

Yes. Yes. It's so tempting. It's so hard.

Brittany:

I agree. I agree. And like, so I love all of the tips that you gave, right? So like all of these ways that we can be more productive and really kind of zone in on the things that we can't control. Um, what are some things, or what are some things that you do in your business to kind of help teachers along this journey?

Grace:

So I am actually starting a coaching group this week to test out the, a course that I'm working on and that'll launch in the fall to really practice that the mindset strategies kind of like what we're talking about, just really establishing your purpose for your. What you're teaching for, why you chose teaching in the first place, and then what your goal is in the classroom. And then also what your, what your goal is with your business. If, if that is what you're doing and what you're working towards, then what. What is the purpose for that? So all of the habits that you would, that we work on creating, cause we get into the practical really technical strategies eventually too. But what is, what is the purpose for all that? Because you have to go back to your why, and then after we've really focused on that mindset, because you've got to have the mindset to kind of reinforce those. We talk about the strategies, the really technical. Strategies that will reinforce the mindset. Cause you got to have actions to back up your motivation too, cause that is motivation in of itself. So, um, so yeah, we talk about having templates for your, for your setting up emails for your business, but especially for your classroom. Um, we talk about having just different systems that are really. Intricate and unique to your classroom and your teaching style, and really focusing on really focusing on unique strengths that teachers have. So that's kind of what we do in a nutshell and where I'm kind of growing it as we go, but that's kind of the way that my business works right now.

Brittany:

That is really cool. And I love how your combining it. I feel like I know who to go to. If I want to learn more about like growing my business and I know who I go, who to go to if I want to grow my skills in the classroom, but I love that you're kind of thinking about productivity as a whole, like how can we be productive in all aspects of our life and not just. My teacher hat versus buy like business owner hat. So that's so powerful.

Grace:

Well, it all goes together. It's so the space in between, especially for teacher preneurs, the space is so blurred sometimes. And so we use our experience to build our businesses. And so sometimes it's hard to draw the line. So yeah, it goes, it goes with each other. That

Brittany:

is so cool. So if, if someone's listening, they want to connect with you. They want to learn more about your productivity course that you have coming out in the fall, where can they connect with you and find you?

Grace:

Yeah, they can go to grace, Marie griffith.com. There's all the, the information there. And I. I'm on Instagram at Grace Marie Griffith. Same on Facebook, Grace Marie Griffith. And I also have my home podcast teacher take the lead. It's all about productivity and personal development. And, um, yeah, that's where you

Brittany:

could find me. That is so cool. And before I let you go, I mean, I have to ask you, right. So why a podcast? Why did you decide to go down that road?

Grace:

I, we were talking about this before. I just, I love teaching and I feel like this was the, one of the closest ways for me to kind of be in my own little classroom. It was so funny. Cause I. I don't, you can't see because we're, this is a podcast, but I'm sitting in my closet as we're recording and it's not a classroom, but I imagine that it is. And so I just, I really, really enjoy it because of the teaching element to it.

Brittany:

That is so fun. I love that. That is so exciting. And again, I'll have all of that linked in the show notes so that you can find grace and connect with her. Definitely head on over to Instagram, sent her a DM. She is super nice. And she'd love to talk to you about all things productivity. So thank you, grace for spending some time with me.

Grace:

Thank you, Brittany. This is so fun, so much fun.

Brittany:

Thanks.