As a busy teacher,wife, mother and nana, I often have a list a mile long of all the things I would like to accomplish in a day. I have learned to pick a few things and then prioritize them in my mind. Which will cause the most amount of stress if I do NOT complete them? Will the uncompleted tasks linger and hang over my head? Will they fade away and not be addressed until much later or ever??? I realized a long time ago to consider these questions. The answers have helped me to find the sometimes elusive state of being called...balance. Not all the time but I am getting better at this.
I just spent a fabulous winter break showing my visiting family our Hawaii home. There are two more days until school starts back up. Work pressure is starting to build. There are so many things I imagined getting done over break. I find myself working hard to keep these last few days together productive. Today is an example of my favorite type of balance. We all went to a beautiful spot in Hilo for the afternoon. I spent time before and after completing some of my "few things". I created this class website and finalized an i-Movie about how we do group work in our class. Some lesson planning for our ELA block was completed and I created a letter for students families announcing the Computer Science Club I will be running. I cleaned out my work e-mail, did dishes, played with my grandsons, enjoyed good food with everyone and even tried to see Star Wars (which was sold out).
Now at midnight I am jotting down a few thoughts while thankfully acknowledging the fact that my alarm will NOT be set for the morning. As I reflect on what was accomplished today I am amazed. I managed to get a lot done! Tomorrow is another day and I have chosen my next "few things". I will complete more lesson prep for my wonderful students, increase my knowledge with amazing educators across the country through a Voxer Book Study (Uncommon Learning by Eric Sheninger. He even joins the conversation!) Most important will be to enjoy some more time with my parents, brother, daughter, sons and grandsons who are here from Alaska. Finding balance can be tricky but is very satisfying.
How do you prioritize your "few things"?
Here's to a New Year filled with balance!