Okay. I'm back to the giant font because I'm writing on my iPad and I can't figure out how to get a text box instead of a title box.
On my way to practice this morning, I listened to part of an interview with a woman who was talking about the fallacy of time management. She suggested that time really can't be managed--instead, it's a matter of setting priorities and allowing yourself to do what you really value instead of filling life with just what you think you should be doing.
The show couldn't have come at a better time for me, because I was making the commute while feeling overwhelmed. At this time a year, I have a lot on my plate, and I sometimes feel like I'm pulled in too many directions. So I make lists of all the things I should accomplish (starting with a couple of easy things, of course) and then feel like a failure because I never make to the end of the list. I also have trouble enjoying anything from the list because I'm worried about what's coming next instead of staying in the moment.
She suggested that people should make a schedule for what they really want to include in their lives. That means that tomorrow I will:
Get enough sleep and snuggle with my dog
Go to Zumba class.
Enjoy making dinner for my family, including my dad and my husband's parents.
Tutor my friend Kelly.
Write tomorrow blog.
Finish my lesson plans and next week's handouts for copying.
Read something for pleasure, be it Country Living or the Rainbow Rowell book in my pile.
I will not beat myself up if I don't:
Participate in a Twitter PD chat
Clean my house as well as I do in the summer
Buy new running shoes
Start planning my next unit
Go to yoga in addition to Zumba.
I love doing all of those things, and I will get to them again, just maybe not tomorrow.
Instead, I resolve to be reasonable about what I can accomplish, and to try to enjoy all of the work and play