It is my hope that through this blog someone at some point actually learns something.
I know it’s not likely, but hope is all I’ve got.
Many times, I know the advice I’m giving is directed squarely at me.
So lets hope today, someone learns something.
This is my plan.
Technology is great.
It’s also suffocating.
When you are a new principal or superintendent, you are constantly told to communicate, be active in the community, be seen at school, and respond to questions and concerns as quickly as possible.
In this day and age, you can literally be "at" work 24 hours a day.
You can receive and send messages/information all day, every day.
You can check your email while eating, mowing, walking, and seconds before you fall asleep or within moments of waking up.
And it can literally suck the life out of you (I apologize for the language, but sometimes it’s nice to work blue).
That’s why I have this new plan.
At least one day a week. Or more likely, at least part of one day during the week.
I’m thinking Sundays may work best for me.
No emails. No blogs. No Facebook. No Twitter. No phone calls.
I’m going underground. Off the radar. Incognito.
Surely these same school buildings that have been standing for 100 years will survive one more day if I turn off my phone.
And if they don’t, there probably won’t be school on Monday anyway.
It’s easy to be needed.
It’s much harder to realize everyone else will be just fine without you.
I’m officially copyrighting "No Technology Day for Administrators." From now on, my speeches in front of literally thousands and thousands of people will include not only a push for administrators using technology, but also a push not to use technolgy.
At least one day a week.