Honoring the Sabbath as a school leader is perhaps the most difficult and most meaningful work a school leader can commit to both pre and post crisis. I will preface this post by saying that this work - the work of rest - is going to seem like the one thing that can take a back seat during a crisis event. When you are first starting out in a principalship, you will not want to honor a cycle of work and rest. You will feel that busyness is a badge indicative of strong leadership. You will feel the need to stroke your ego when you are the first to arrive in the morning and the last to close up shop at night. In fact, you will probably judge (and unconsciously begrudge) those who aren't grinding tirelessly alongside you. This is pre-burnout you, and unfortunately, it will probably take more than one burnout to get you to realize that this task is one of the most important things you can do not only for yourself, but for your constituents.
One of the most frequent questions I am asked about work-rest cycles is how? As a Principal, as a Realtor, as an aspiring author, wife, sister, daughter and friend, how do you find the time to rest? Although there is no magic formula, I will tell you what I know for sure. Take that which serves you. Toss aside that which does not. Formulate a plan of action and then revise when it doesn't work (and I promise, it will not work the first, second or maybe even third time around.) This is the hardest work you will commit to as a leader; however, repeat after me. This is the work.
How to honor a cycle of work and rest
Honoring a cycle of work and rest is not for the faint of heart. If you are a Christian, this may look like honoring the Sabbath. As leaders, however, it is important that we consider a work-rest cycle in both our daily and weekly lives.
Linger a Little Longer:
1. Do you currently cultivate a cycle of work and rest? Explain.
2. What do you find more difficult, a daily or weekly cycle of work and rest?
3. What is the benefit of a cycle of work and rest? Why do you believe it's so hard to commit to for most?