By the creator of the Truth for Teachers podcast
and the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club
Fewer Things, Better
The courage to focus on what matters most.
Available to buy in
Paperback, eBook, and audiobook
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.
Check out the Table of Contents to learn more.
Fewer Things, Better
is available on Kindle, Audible (soon!), and bookstores
Participate in the fewer things better project
- 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 in the downloadable workbook 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.
- The mini-course is free to access, or you can purchase the full course.
"This is not your usual 'we can do this' cheerleading book. I broke down and cried. I wish there was a book like this when I first started teaching 26 years ago. I have lost so much time with my family because I bought into the false beliefs about teaching. This book is not for the faint of heart, but for those who are willing to be courageous for themselves."
From the author of 3 other best-selling publications for teachers
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 over a decade of experience as an instructional coach.
Through her blog, podcast, 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 focusing 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.