You ever have those times when you start about a dozen projects and then don’t finish any? Then they just sit there STARING at you, willing you to finish? <sigh> That’s my brain right now. I have all these ideas and plans floating around in my brain, yet I can’t FOCUS enough on any one of them to actually get started doing SOMETHING. It’s frustrating, to say the least. Obviously this is where prioritizing, setting a goal, making a plan, creating a time-line, and having follow-through would be effective. Yet, here I sit…
I recognize that I have the most trouble focusing when I have unstructured time. For some reason I end up feeling anxious. I’m forever looking at a calendar, into the future, and missing what’s in front of me. I don’t know that being able to identify the problem is enough. It’s clear that there is some procrastination involved. I want things to be right… I’m not ready to start.
When I think about what gives me the most pause, it comes to organizing my materials, cleaning and beautifying my house, setting up my classroom, and doing a deep clean/purge. With that in mind then…
- Spend this week cleaning. This would include the walls, because if I’m to paint, that will have to happen.
- Talk to Bill about painting. Maybe I should leave this to an expert? Maybe I can get Tracy to help?
- After general cleaning is done, get into the closets and garage. Make the list, take the pictures, and send stuff to Goodwill. It’s a good thing.
- Sketch out the classroom. Know that a lot of elements are already in place. Map out the rest. Relax and remember that things can be MOVED.
- Make time to go to Carol’s to use her Cricut machine. Remember that she lives near school and is my friend. I don’t have to do it all during one afternoon.
- Schedule one day each week to just relax. Remember that this is a vacation of sorts.
- Paint the downstairs bathroom, the living room/dining room, the upstairs hallway, and maybe Keb’s room. Focus on small, do-able projects first to gain confidence with the painting process.
- Ask for help when needed!
- Look for and buy curriculum for cooking/mad science. Figure out and create a solar oven and slow-rising breads.
- Be OK with ripping apart my Mailbox and Teacher’s Helper Magazines to create files of skills. If I wait to photocopy, I’ll have piles EVERYWHERE.
- Don’t change everything at once, take baby steps.
Well, I feel better having thought it through. Now let’s see what comes of it. 🙂