As I have been reading Rachel’s book “Hands Free Life” and listening to these podcasts, a quote that I had given my former high school soccer players kept running through my head.
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I hope you enjoy these five podcasts as we explore living a “Hands Free” life both in and out of the classroom. Focus on what is important. While at school, it’s the kids that need that attention. There can be so many distractions while at school but if we put up boundaries we can really focus on what is important.
In this podcast, it really hit home when Rachel discussed how she felt that busyness equaled success. Just because I took time to do it, whether it was a short period of time or something longer, didn’t necessarily mean that it was important. Rachel’s discussion about this topic hit home and I have tried focusing on those special moments at home or with the kids in the classroom.
What hit home in this podcast was how Rachel is like all of us as parents in many ways. She has kids and is trying to enjoy her professional career and make sure her family has what they need…all while trying to keep herself together and taken care of. But in the end, she is making an impact, which is what I want to do-both at home and in the classroom.
I think this was one of the first podcasts Rachel was on when her first book came out. I enjoyed hearing about how she still uses technology but is able to set up boundaries for it. This is something I really need to work on in my life and the discussion was interesting to me. I also connected with her talking about how to choose opportunities wisely and sometimes you just have to say no. I have worked on Derek Sivers thought of if I don’t say “Hell yes” I should answer no. Just a thought.
Story changers. After listening to this podcast that is what I wanted to become. I wanted to become a story changer for my kids, my wife, and the children in my classroom. There are many ways to become a story changer and this podcast helped guide some thoughts about it.
This is another of Rachel’s earliest interviews on a podcast. The focus of the conversation is on the struggle with juggling the demands of outside life with being really present for your family. Both important topics for me as I try to be as productive, efficient, and effective at school so I can enjoy every moment with my family as I can.
I hope you check out these podcasts and reflect on ways to become more “Hands Free” as an educator as well as a parent.
Have a great day!