Monday, October 31, 2011
Time to Stop Reacting
In class we were talking about time management and planning. There was one comment which impacted me more than anything else: If you don't put the important things in first they won't fit! Basically, if you don't plan, and set time apart for what's important, you'll spend your time doing everything else.
That's exactly what I needed to hear. I have been so busy reacting, and thinking one task at a time, that I haven't planned in the most important thing: quality time with my son. I spend my whole day rushing around, accomplishing next to nothing, and feeling overwhelmed because there is so much still to do. Meanwhile, my son sits there playing on the floor wanting me to play with him. I'm so busy, it just doesn't happen. At least not the way I want it to.
I was very good at managing my time when I taught kindergarten. I was extremely effect and efficient working from a set schedule. I followed my schedule tightly, and always covered all the material I needed to. I kept those 5 year olds on a solid routine, and what we were able to accomplish in half a day was amazing! Then when I had my prep time, I had a list of routines I followed: every monday I did the newsletter, every friday I entered test scores, etc. I got a lot done in a little amount of time and nothing was ever missed.