Welcome to Monday, which right now looks a lot like Saturday and Sunday in my world. But, that is all going to come to a screeching halt next week and we’ll be slammed forward into a new school year – no air bags provided.
I’m not. I hope to be more ready six days (!) from now when my DD starts back to school (I can’t believe she’ll be in First Grade…there was many a day when I wondered if she would ever come home from the hospital, and now she’s going to be a First Grader!). I hope to be even MORE ready when I start back to teaching thirteen days from now (holy cow – that’s less than two weeks people!). BUT…I’m not going to try to do the same things I’ve done in the past (which haven’t worked and I think Einstein was a pretty smart guy and he says its insane to continue doing the same things and expect different results). So, I’m really trying to do things differently. What am I doing differently? Well, let me tell you!
- I am NOT trying to do every possible Pinterest perfect project for back-to-school. We got my DD’s First Day of School outfit today and I’ll make a sign for her to hold before leaving that morning so I can take a picture. That’s it. No best breakfast or special lunch or crazy pre-first day party. So, in a more wholistic view of things, I am being REALISTIC.
- I am starting a routine THIS week instead of trying to start on the first day of school. My DD THRIVES on routines. She loves a list and completing the list is a serious big deal for her. So, I took an archived Kid’s Routine from My Simpler Life, changed it up a small bit and printed it out for her last night. I posted one upstairs and one downstairs and she has one she can carry around with her. It includes all the things I need her when school kicks in, but she is doing all the other stuff this week. So, when school starts, she will already have a routine and will just add in school. Brilliant! She’s loving it so far.
- I am prepping my classes COMPLETELY for at least the first month of school. I’m hoping that I can get even further than the first month, but four weeks being completely done and posted on Blackboard with notes in my day planner for what needs to be printed out or added in, etc. will be awesome. Most of the time, I’m trying to do this the weekend before school starts and I never get it done, so I end up flying by the seat of my pants in at least half the classes and trying to make technology work for things that it doesn’t really work for and getting frustrated and overwhelmed. So, now I have almost two weeks to get it all done and I think that will be enough time (I already have one class done through Week Three and just a couple of more things to add for Week Four).
- I am really looking for places to delegate. This is a HUGE weakness of mine. Part of it is my lack of organization makes it difficult for me to hand things off to other people. I’m either so late doing things that I need to do it myself because it would take too long to bring someone else in on it or I can’t get my $#@! together enough to make it understandable to someone else and when I do, it is an abject failure which makes both them and me feel bad. So, I’m trying to get ahead of the game, figure out where I need help and asking for it in plenty of time (e.g. babysitting in three and a half weeks – I need that…and I can start figuring out who is available now; having dinners figured out so I can tell my hubby what to do to get it on the table while I’m at work).
The book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is really changing my life. And I’m only through 41 of 220 some pages! I feel like Crystal Paine GETS me. I’ve read other books and they always seem to be saying, “just do this and everything will be great.” and I would try to do the things and it wouldn’t be as easy as they said and everything was not great. But, she makes it clear that it isn’t going to be easy and its going to require changes and we need MARGINS (spaces for us to make mistakes and still recover – time cushions, planning for disasters that are sure to occur, etc.). It isn’t something that I haven’t heard before, but the way she says it is in MY language.
Anyways…I’m really trying to get to bed by 11 p.m. every night and up by 6 a.m. everyday. Getting on that schedule/routine myself before school starts. So, I’ve got to hit the hay. Although I’m terrified, I’m also excited about the new school year and what it will bring. I just hope I can stick with some of my new found baby steps!
What about you? What are you doing, if anything to prepare for the new school year/new season?