Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
However, there are times when one must step away. For example, despite three valiant years of trying, I have discovered that I simply cannot do all of the following:
Heaven knows I’ve tried. But there are not enough hours in the week to do it all. I don’t have any down time. Ever. No time to breathe, no time for my brain to wander in unknown but needed directions, no time to stay up with current trends and my personal learning network. It’s just a constant press. All the time. My student advising has suffered, my previously-excellent teaching has suffered, my ability to stay on top of my administrative and scholarly work has suffered. I’m juggling too many balls and dropping them left and right.
So I’m scaling back. I have resigned my position as program coordinator of the Educational Administration program effective immediately. I’m only teaching one online course this summer and am on sabbatical in the fall, which means I won’t be teaching any courses or doing any institutional service work. I will find other ways to reduce my time commitments and better target my efforts.
Things I will be catching up on:
I am looking forward to recalibrating my life. I am looking forward to dedicating more time to things I love and less to things I don’t. How about you? Do you need to take the difficult step of saying no to some things? Do you need to scale back too?
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- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
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