Our summer break is exactly 6 weeks for teachers. To non-teachers this sounds like a massive amount of time, to most teachers, this sounds like nothing! I remind myself that it is worth it because we get three 2-week breaks through the year, but it doesn't make me feel a whole lot better. Pity party - table for one! Our two week trip out of country, although fabulous and memorable, has made this summer seem even shorter. Last week I gave myself permission to take it easy, recover from jet lag, and my husband and I both caught a cold, so it was a needed rest week. Today I have a mere TWO WEEKS (nope, not a typo!) left before I have to return to school (but of course I'll be heading in sooner to get a head start). But, like many teachers, I can't seem to turn off my teacher brain. The conflict between my teacher brain, and my lazy side is making me even more miserable. So, today I installed an app (Astrid - the one with the cute little squid) to help keep me more focused and less stressed and scattered. And, as if on cue, I am linking up with Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies, for her To Do (before the first day of school) Linky. While helpful, it also reminded me of a million other things that I need to do!
Here is my list-in-progress...most of the things need to get done in the next two weeks before returning to school!
I am loving the Astrid app because I can set it up on my phone, but also have the option of using it on the web - both synced together! Sometimes I need a physical paper in front of me (it feels so much more satisfying to actually check something off the list) and Astrid creates a simple and effective print-out!
I'd love any other advice on staying focused and organized, but also taking time to actually enjoy my break!