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Posted by Old on 12/11/2019, 7:40 am, in reply to "Re: Burnout
Make sure you have a hobby to enjoy. Family time. Lot's of family time. Leave the work at the band hall when possible. It's only a job!
Take care of you. Whatever that means to you. I hit the gym several times a week, I run 10-15 miles a week, I ride bike trails almost every weekend. Some of that goes away during marching season, but I still get as much physical activity as I can. Like someone said below, GTFO of the band hall. We do sectionals and rehearsals like everyone else, but I kick the kids out as soon as that's done. My goal is to be locking the door within 15 minutes after the kids leave. SLEEP. Go to bed. Don't sit up doing score study, blindly scrolling Facebook, checking TYB for the 100th time that day. Go to bed, so you can get up early.
Just like everything else, you have to put on your own oxygen mask first before you can help others.
FYI, I tried another career. I did well and made some coin. I was just as much a workaholic in that career as I was as a band director. Any job that pays close to what you're making will require that kind of personal investment, and it won't be a clock-in-clock-out sort of job where you leave it all at work at the end of your shift. You'll work just as hard as you do now. I took a big pay cut when I came back to band, because that's what I really wanted to be doing.