Busy? I am the queen of busy. Between my full-time job as an SLP in the schools, PRN work, my daughter's gymnastics schedule, my Teachers Pay Teachers store, and all the miscellaneous things that go along with being a wife/mom, I always have something going on. Can you relate? Because I am so busy, I have to manage my time well or things get chaotic fast.
Part of my time management plan is making sure I don't bring work (paperwork, planning, etc.) home with me. I have enough to do at home as it is (and that is where all the TPT magic happens), so I can't allow myself to spend evenings and weekends doing paperwork, progress reports, etc. I keep it at school and that's just how it is. Now, I'd be lying if I said I was always successful at that. There have been times when a deadline had to be met and the work had to come home, but I try to avoid that if at all possible.
So, how do I do this? How can a busy SLP get it all done at work? Therapy, RTI, teacher consults, IEPs, evaluations, report writing, progress reports, observations, and all that other stuff we do...how is there time for it all?
I have some "tricks" up my sleeve...okay, not really tricks, but they are pretty awesome tools I use to make my life as a busy SLP more manageable. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing some of these tools with you. These are some great resources available specifically for busy SLPs who just need help getting it all done, and getting it done well. It's not just about meeting deadlines and getting the work done...we also have to be able to stand behind our work and ensure that it is our best.
So, stay tuned. The first post will be coming up Thursday. I'll be sharing how I use a great web-based app to help me collect and organize data and write killer IEPs. Can you guess what it is??? Check back Thursday to find out...
In the meantime, comment below with your biggest challenge as a busy SLP. Completing paperwork? Planning therapy? Data collection? Time management? What gives you the most stress at work?