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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