5 New Year’s resolutions for literacy practitioners

The new year is around the corner, and most people would agree that they’re happy to put 2020 behind them. With a new year comes a new opportunity to start fresh and live the life that allows you to be your best self.

If you’re lucky enough to get a break over the holidays, use this time to decompress and completely disconnect from work. Come back in the new year well-rested and ready to take on 2021.

Here are 5 resolutions for literacy practitioners to commit to in 2021.

  1. Learn a new skill. As a literacy practitioner, you live and breathe education, and lifelong learning should be practiced as much as it’s preached. Research shows that learning something new has positive impacts on many areas in your life. For example, learning a new skill helps you learn things faster over time, decreases the risk of getting dementia, and makes you happier[i].
  1. Make time for grant writing. Lack of funding is the biggest qualm amongst literacy practitioners. With so much on the go, it can be hard to make grant writing a priority, but it’s extremely important if you want to continue the great work you do. Check out our handy list of adult literacy funding opportunities for non-profits to help you get started.
  1. Reduce screen time. We live in a digital world, and 2020 forced us to go online even more. Make a point in the new year to try and reduce the amount of time you spend on social media, your phone or in front of a computer. Excessive screen time has been found to increase the risk of obesity, sleep problems and diseases like diabetes. Research has also shown that the overuse of devices and social media can be linked to an increase in loneliness as well as depression in teens[ii].
  1. Free up time by using plug and play literacy programs. Finding new curriculum for students can be extremely stressful and time consuming. ABC Life Literacy Canada offers several free literacy programs that are easy to implement. Additionally, there is often an honorarium offered for organizations that run these programs, which can help contribute to your annual budget.
  1. Make “me time” a priority. As a literacy practitioner, you’re constantly thinking about helping your learners, which can sometimes leave limited time for yourself. It’s important to disconnect from work regularly, as it’s been proven to decrease stress, improve relationships, increase the quality of your work, and maintain emotion help. So take a lunch break, go for a walk or treat yourself to a holiday. While it may be difficult, ultimately, making time for yourself will indirectly help your learners in the long run.

[i] https://nataliesisson.com/11-benefits-learning-something-new/

[ii] https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/13/why-you-should-be-reducing-screen-time-and-3-simple-tips-to-do-it.html