Friday Thoughts: Grit List
I’m pretty sure I have the greatest job. I get to visit classrooms and observe great teachers in action. I get to work with teachers to help develop lessons that will push, intrigue, and ignite a passion in kids. I get to explore new ways to integrate technology into the classroom. I get to analyze test scores and look for trends and ways we can help students. I get to develop relationships with students and watch them work hard to reach their potential. I get to cheer on students as they perform concerts, act in plays, or play sports. I love that every day is different and new opportunities to serve always emerge.
But there are some things I need to do that aren’t so great. They’re the things that aren’t in my wheelhouse, but they are things critical to my job. Like doing email. No matter what, it’s never done. Every time I clean out my inbox, it fills up pretty quickly. I’ve watched tutorials, read blogs, and researched best practices for managing email, but even with all those helpful suggestions, email is still one of those things I struggle with.
But I can’t not do email. It’s part of the job.
Jon Acuff, the author of , shares my email struggles, and his way of handling email is worth considering. He admitted he doesn’t like dealing with email and put it on his Grit List. What’s a Grit List? It’s a list of things you don’t like doing but are critical to your career. By putting it on his list, he’s reminded that even though he may not enjoy going through email, it’s something he’s committed to doing because he knows the value behind it (like new opportunities and stronger relationships).
So I put together a short Grit List that I keep on my desk. It’s two of things I don’t necessarily enjoy, but two things that come with the territory of being a principal.
Managing email and having difficult conversations are my two grit list items. I doubt I’ll ever enjoy either one, but by putting them on my list, I hope to get better at each (or at least I’ll remember to push through and show grit when needed).
Let me encourage you to create a Grit List of your own. It may be updating RenWeb, grading papers, making copies, having parking lot duty, or maybe you share my email struggles. Whatever it is, add it to your Grit List and let it remind you to push through.