March: Beyond the Halfway Point

I haven’t written in a while.  Honestly, I have been so tired – I know that this is the time of year when a lot of teachers hit a slump, and I’m feeling it.  Spring Break starts on Monday, I don’t want to be here, my colleagues don’t want to be here, my students certainly don’t want to be here, and there’s a lot of negativity going around.  And it isn’t necessarily an attitude problem – a lot of people I’m working with have legitimate problems they are trying to deal with outside of their lives as teachers, and when you have a job that intrudes so much on your personal time, it’s really difficult to maintain a balance between job duties and personal duties.

That said, I haven’t given up on my goal for March.  I have made really great strides in some areas, and not so great strides in others.  I had already been flossing every day before this month and got great mouth reviews at my dental appointment last week.  I have been brushing most nights now, too.  I’ve developed a habit of going to bed at 9pm and waking up at 5am, which has been my favorite change this month, even if my body is still adjusting and I’m still generally pretty tired.

Getting up at 5am has resulted in more relaxed mornings and nights for me.  Mornings are more relaxed because I don’t have to rush through my routine of getting ready for work.  I have time to take a shower, read a little bit, eat breakfast, finish up any housework I was too tired to do after work the previous day, and still get out the door by 6:45am (my goal is to leave by 6:30, but 6:45 has been working, too.)  It takes me half an hour to drive to work, and school doesn’t start until 8:20, so I usually have a good hour to an hour and a half to set up, resolve any pressing issues, and settle in before my students arrive for first hour.

And now nights are more relaxed too, because if there’s some emergency that needs to be taken care of for work, or if I’m too tired to complete a household task, I know I’ll have time for it in the morning without being rushed.

One place where I’ve totally failed so far is exercising.  On the third day of the month, I went and signed up for a gym membership.  I have yet to actually go to said gym.  I always find some excuse.  Sometimes I’m too tired (and sometimes, I actually do feel too tired).  Sometimes I don’t have enough time.  It would interfere with the time I wanted to use to do other things.  Et cetera, et cetera.  This next week is Spring Break, which gives me something of a reprieve from all of the stress and exhaustion I’m picking up from work right now.  During this time, I will endeavor to actually go to the gym and get my feet wet.

And finally, my data collection has dragged.  I’m not too concerned about that.  I made this an experiment for motivation purposes, and not much more.  I’m finding that even without data collection, my motivation hasn’t suffered too much, so I’m good on that account.

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