The Three Epiphanies

How did your to-do list go today? How about yesterday? How will it go tomorrow? If you missed last week’s webinar on escaping the black hole of urgency, you may still be focused on the to-do list. I won’t recap the entire webinar here, but I will pull a couple of highlights.
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How did your to-do list go today?How about yesterday?How will it go tomorrow?If you missed last week’s webinar on escaping the black hole of urgency, you may still be focused on the to-do list. I won’t recap the entire webinar here, but I will pull a couple of highlights.
Show Intro
Hello colleagues and welcome to the Assistant Principal Podcast. I’m your host Frederick Buskey. The goal of this podcast is to help improve the life and leadership of assistant principals. This is another content-focused episode. I know it has been a few weeks since our last interview, but if you can hold on for one more week, you’ll be able to tune in to my discussion with the incomparable Dr. Mary Hemphill.
That we all have opportunities to reflect and refocus. Just because we are struggling doesn’t mean we have to stay there, and so often our struggles as leaders are more about our own self-doubt or the flawed perspectives, we have adopted than about the actual work itself. 
So, I am celebrating that I have been able to reflect and refocus and I breathing a bit easier. I hope you also find the opportunity to this if it is something you need right now.
We can’t escape the black hole of urgency by using time management because time is not the problem. I’m not going to lay out everything that spells out what the real problem is, that’s why I did the webinar. However, I will share the three epiphanies that have helped me reshape the way I work and what I focus on.
Two responsibilities of administrators:
·      Keep everyone safe
·      Grow your teachers
Story with the principal
The three epiphanies
Emphasize priorities and values
·      PPT over coaching
·      Adding clipart to a newsletter 
·      Car line v. new teacher
Think about what you are doing v not doing and ask:
·      Are the things I value most getting done?
·      Are the most important things getting done?
·      How do what’s important and my own values as a leader intersect?
Summarizing (The big takeaway)
Repeat the three epiphanies
These aren’t about time management, but by keeping them close. Maybe you can focus more of your time doing what’s most important.
I mentioned the webinar. It was a fun time I participants walked away with a better understanding of the real problem, a change in perspective, five tips for being strategically reactive, and three strategies for being proactive that could be enacted in five minutes or less.
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That wraps up today’s content focused episode. We’ll be back next week with [guest] in an episode titled [title]. 
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That wraps up today’s show! I’m Frederick Buskey and I hope you’ll join me next time for the Assistant Principal Podcast. Cheers!
The Three Epiphanies
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