Organizing

I’m three days into my new organizing plan, and it’s going OK so far. I’m pretty heavily scheduled with things that are mine, but are set to someone else’s order. As a teacher, for example, I have to show up for seven classes and three meals every day; those occur at set times each day, and I have to be prepared for them. I also have to drive to games, run practices for my sports, and be on dormitory at certain times.

In addition, I have to generate weekly progress reports on my curriculum, and term-end reports on each of my students. This is a lot of energy to devote, but time and space has to be found for it. So far, I’m doing good, but I wonder how I had time to breathe before.

One of the things I have to do this weekend is write some poetry. I have three big dates coming up in my writing plan for the year, and of course they all fall within the last few days of January. It’s a good thing we don’t have any fencing matches this weekend.

The other thing that happened from an organizational point of view was that the school issued a master calendar that included a “must attend” event for me on a date I’d already specifically been exempted from being present: they scheduled my final examination for one of my classes on the same weekend I have off-duty.

I told them I would not be there. Under any circumstances. They would have to find someone else to cover my exam. On top of scheduling something on the same day as <lj user=chryslerpoet>’s visit, it feels like they don’t have their calendar organized very well. I’m not sure I’m ready to take on that challenge, but I know I’m not the only one dissatisfied with the way it’s being run.

(oh, and <lj user=Chryslerpoet>: How do you feel about doing a short set and answering some questions before an auditorium audience of all the 8th and 9th grades? At 9:30am this morning? I got the e-mail about 10 minutes ago…. sigh).

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