This is about the time of the term I usually begin to burn out. We’re almost halfway through; it usually takes me about this long to soak in all the work ahead of me and start to mini panic and break down. Today was definitely the first day I felt overwhelmed. It was my first bad day of teaching– actually, it was just an awful day.
My alarm didn’t go off this morning. I’ve been sick the last few days and apparently my body decided I needed the extra hour of sleep– yup, a full hour of sleep that I should have been using to…. I don’t know, shower or something. So, I woke up 15 minutes before I had to leave and, of course, this is also the point of the term where my house becomes a complete disaster, so I couldn’t find anything and ended up running out the door, disheveled and haggard. No coffee, no breakfast, no brain– forgetting my phone, my wallet, and my lesson plans.
Then, I got to school and had to throw a lesson together because, of course, it was my observation day and I had to look like I knew what I was doing. Didn’t work out so much. Next week I’m doing my formal lessons for this term, but in order to do what I wanted for those lessons, I basically had to breeze through the activities that the department does out of the text book all in one day. I was bored, the kids were bored, it was awful. Basically, I’ve never had the classroom management issues that I had today– I left the classroom feeling defeated.
Walking in to my house for my two hour break before work, I took a good look around my apartment and realized that I need some motivation. I usually start the term off with a pretty great organizational system. I am one of those people who’s creativity can be seriously blocked by a chaotic environment. I always spend my breaks trying to reorganize my home so that I can breeze through the term without any hang ups; but, life just happens, and it’s usually about week four when things start to fall apart. My laundry is EVERYWHERE, the office is a whirlwind of assignments, lesson plans, mail, and notices. I don’t even want to talk about the status of my kitchen and bathroom.
So, to make myself feel better, I did what I always do: visit my favorite organizational blogs to find some motivation to make good use of my time this weekend. Here are my two favorites:
Alejandra has been featured on HGTV, CBS and tons of other media venues for organization. She’s been referred to as the most organized woman on the planet. Obviously, some of her organization techniques are a little overkill, but I love to watch her videos and adapt them for my own purposes. Right now she’s creating an office organizing series that is pure gold. I like that she breaks big projects down and uploads the videos once a week because it makes it less overwhelming to do small tasks, rather than trying to overhaul the war zone all at once. Also– she makes me really want a label maker.
I like this blog because the author seems like a real person. She’s a mom and a wife and she works and… I guess I just relate to her more, even though I don’t have kids of my own yet. Her voice is really fun and spunky and her tips seem so attainable. I especially love her family planner ideas. She basically keeps a giant binder with all of the planning things it takes to manage a family. Planning pages for appointments, sports games, practices, conferences, meetings etc. meal planning ideas, checklists– you name it, she’s got it. The post I linked above is her bill paying binder. Just genius ideas that I really want to adopt and use in my life. I think they will especially come in handy once Braden and I fully assimilate our finances and things.
Maybe it’s a little OCD of me, but just reading these blogs and knowing that organization is actually a reachable goal, helps me feel a little better. My plan over the next week is to pick a post from one of those two sites and put it into action… hopefully. My next post will be an update on how well it works for me and what changes I made to make it more relevant to my life.
Hope you all are doing well in your endeavors of a busy bee!