I was talking with a teacher with whom I’m observing. We got on the topic of her first year of teaching. She told me that during that time, she would stay until as late as 7 most nights and still take work home with her. She was really stressed.
Then her mentor told her that if she’s not taking time for herself, then she’s not doing what’s best for the students. They need a teacher who is taking care of herself (or himself).
Since then, she’s learned to end her days at 5:30, and she’s made an agreement with herself that she won’t take any work home unless it’s grading papers. She’s also decided that on Friday nights and Saturdays, she won’t do work.
She told me that there’s always something more you can be doing, but sometimes it’s important to take time to go see a movie.