Jordan Collier

A School Year is Not a Marathon

In a recent podcast, author Marcus Buckingham said, “A year isn’t a marathon; it’s fifty-two sprints.” He goes on to explain that a week is a man-made unit of time that has a natural rhythm to it. By thinking in these terms, we aren’t stuck in a longterm plan; rather, we have the flexibility to pivot and change course when needed. It allows us to ask, “What are my priorities this week?” rather than being overwhelmed by the enormity of the year.

Hearing this has shifted my thinking. I’ve always viewed a school year as a marathon. However, I’m now inclined to think it’s more of a series of sprints— 36 to be exact. And that makes sense because each week certainly feels more like a sprint (some faster than others) rather than just another mile marker passed on a long, paced run.

We are nine sprints into the year. Let’s give each week everything we’ve got, regroup, and then do it again— 27 more times.

Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Secondary Principal

Jordan Collier is the secondary principal at CAC. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, Jordan was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Each week, Jordan shares his Friday Thoughts with the CAC faculty and staff, and an excerpt of that is shared on The 'Stang.

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