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How to Plan Travel as a Leader


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When my husband Mayer and I still lived in NYC, he held a position at a college that was highly demanding (to put it lightly).

As part of his role, he was required to work 7 days a week, with very limited PTO. And when he did have time off, he fell ill—just like clockwork.

That wasn’t a coincidence.

When we work ourselves to the bone without allowing ourselves proper time to rest and recover, we become more vulnerable to illness.

Think of your well-being like a battery—if you don’t plug it in to charge, eventually it’s going to run out of power.

As a school leader, I’m sure you know this better than anyone. After all, professionals in the field of education are especially prone to burnout.

But what you may not realize is that recharging your battery is about more than taking a yearly vacation.

Because if you only give yourself time away once or twice a year, that break ends up being spent in a desperate attempt to recover from burnout…

…rather than experiencing genuine moments of aliveness and connection with the people you love.

To move beyond survival mode and make the most of your time off for fun and travel, you need to plan for regular rest and recovery throughout the year.

That way, you won’t be running on a near-empty tank while trying to enjoy all life has to offer.

In this week’s podcast episode, I’m discussing how to plan strategically for rest and travel as a school leader.

Join me for a conversation about:

  • Why it’s crucial to strategically plan for rest and travel
  • The different kinds of rest you need to feel fully recharged
  • How I manage my own recovery and travel throughout the year
  • How you can plan for rest and travel in 2024


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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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