By the creator of the Truth for Teachers podcast and the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek program

Fewer Things, Better

The courage to focus on 
what matters most.


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You can’t do it all.
And you don’t have to try.

There are too many things competing for your attention, especially as a teacher. The solution is NOT to manage your time better or work more efficiently.

Or at least — that’s not the place to start.

The most important step is getting clarity, and figuring out how to use your life to make an impact in ways that really matter. This book will help you strengthen the courage to do fewer things, so what remains can be done even better.

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  • The FTB Project will help you implement the ideas in the book and reflect on how you want to be spending your time.
  • Each exercise will give you a clearer understanding of your priorities so you can develop an actionable plan for what “fewer things, better” looks like in YOUR life.

“Angela gives practical, common-sense advice, written in very reader-friendly language as if I am sitting with a good friend and just having a chat”

D Kip,
Maryland, United States

From the author of 3 other best-selling publications for teachers


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Angela Watson is a productivity and mindset specialist, author, and motivational speaker for educators.

She is National Board Certified and has a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, along with 11 years of classroom teaching experience and 12 years experience as an instructional coach.

She's best known for her Truth for Teachers podcast (which has over 9 million downloads) and the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek program, which has supported more than 48,000 teachers in work/life balance. She's also created the 40 Hour Leadership program for administrators and 40 Hour Instructional Coaching to streamline systems school-wide.

Through her blog, books, printables, online courses, and professional development services, Angela has supported countless teachers in choosing a new identity for themselves which is healthy and focused on what matters most.

A letter from the author

Like most teachers, you want to use your life to make an impact — not only in the classroom, but in your family, community, and the world.

And yet it feels impossible to have that focus when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed. How can you make a difference when you’re distracted by never-ending paperwork, meetings, errands, and housework? How can you give the best of yourself when you’re bogged down with mundane tasks and unfulfilling obligations?

You’ll never have enough time to do everything. But there is a way to free up time, attention, and energy for the things that really matter: the activities that truly impact student learning; the practices that make you a more effective educator; and the routines that make your home and personal life more fulfilling.

Throughout this book, you’ll learn how to disrupt the status quo by challenging school and cultural norms. You’ll also discover how to create healthy boundaries, overcome feelings of self-doubt, release yourself from perfectionism, and decide what work/life balance looks like for you.

Fewer Things, Better will help you challenge the correlation between hours worked and effectiveness. It’s not about how much you’re working; it’s what you’re using your hours to focus on.

As you read, you’ll gain clarity on what’s most important in every aspect of your life and work so you can allocate time to your biggest priorities. You’ll deepen the courage it takes to live with intentionality, so you can do more of what you love and let go of habits and expectations which aren’t serving you well.

It’s time to release yourself from the feeling of never having done enough.

It’s time to stop giving in to the pressure to be constantly busy.

It’s time to do fewer things, so what remains can be done even better.

Do you have the courage to focus on what matters most?

Redefine the expectations others place on you.

Question school and social norms.

Carve out your own unique path.

Use this book to guide you.

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