"Trying to keep my head above water and struggling."
I wrote this last Wednesday, after my second day with students. I had had a meltdown because I tried to do too many things, to please too many people, in too short of a time span after working all day.
The good news is that it made me stop and acknowledge the fact that I couldn't possibly continue the pace I had set for myself. I needed to take my foot off of the accelerator and slow down.
And so I did. I went in on Thursday and Friday and relaxed just enough to actually enjoy my classes. And while Saturday was a fairly busy day, I was able to schedule my back to school haircut and color. Not only that, but I treated myself to some new makeup!
When I woke up on Sunday with a weather-induced headache, I took care of myself by staying inside, taking it easy, and only doing the things I knew would help me have a good week, like chopping vegetables and storing them in Mason jars, so I could pack my lunches without too much effort. And I went to bed early, so I felt rested and ready to go this morning. In fact, today was the first day I felt like I had hit my rhythm.
My students finished their goal setting activity and now my bulletin board is done in time for Open House this Thursday night. And I've planned a pre-assessment test for Friday, so the day after the late night will be an easy one.