I read her book, Unshakeable, based on recommendations from here. It has great tips on how to be organized, prioritize, and to be better balanced. I wish I had read it when I had kids at home, but it was still very helpful.
That being said, I have not signed up for her 40 hour workweek because I'm cheap, and if I follow the suggestions in her book, I'll be more efficient.
I'm interested to see if anyone has tried it, though! I love Angela Watson! I've emailed her questions, and she's gotten back to me immediately!
I can't imagine a program that successfully explains how to have a 40 hour work week. We have so many demands on our school day such as progress monitoring tests, benchmark tests, illuminate tests, PARCC practice tests, and tests for the subjects we teach. I teach 3 classes of reading, writing, grammar, and spelling, so that is a lot of grading per week. During our planning time we sometimes have PLC meetings, RTI meetings, brainstorm meetings with administration, and conferences with parents, so many days we don't even get a planning time. I arrive at work at 7:00 and try to get some stuff done before school starts. During the day I usually don't have time to do one bit of grading or planning, so I end up with evening school work, and I always seem to have weekend grading and/or planning to do. I can't imagine a real plan to fix all of this so that I don't have all of this work to do at home. Before all of this new constant testing, constantly searching for curriculum to match CC standards, and collecting data, I probably did work a 40 hour week, but no way can I see it happening now. If I could be guaranteed that with her suggestions and my current situation with all the extra demands placed on me as well as my usual classroom duties that I could go back to working a 40 hour week, then I would definitely sign up.
My mom is doing it. She LOVES it. Says the materials are fantastic.
It's not necessarily about a 40 hour work week - it's about cutting down what you're already doing. So if you're working 60 hours a week, using some strategies that get you down to maybe 50. I think that's a worthy goal for anyone.
I think she's wonderful. If I thought I needed this, I'd do it. But I was just figuring how many hours I work, after reading her book, and I average about 43 hours a week. Prioritizing made all the difference to me. There are so many things that can wait, I was making every little thing a must do now. Anyway, there is her email.
Thanks for posting this! I just signed up. I'm willing to pay $10 a month to give it a shot. Skip two Starbucks or fast food (that I buy because I'm spending too much time at school) a month and that's covered.
If anyone else signs up, I'd love to know who you are on the FB forum or maybe we can encourage one another here.