Monday, July 1, 2013

To-do list for my scattered brain!

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!


  1. That's a neat app! I'm off to download.

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  2. That sounds like a neat app, but I'm with you. I like to cross things off the list! It makes me feel good. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. Thanks for linking up! I may need to check out that app! :)
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  4. Like you, my vacation is virtually over. I have two weeks left also, and this summer really feels like it has zoomed by. I'm trying to fit in some relaxation in the time that I have left, but it's hard to turn off my teacher brain. One thing that I've started to do in the time we have left is to set a timer and say "I'm going to work on this project for one hour." When the timer goes off, I move on. It's helping me stay more focused, and I'm getting stuff done. But alas, teacher brain never really goes away.

    Thanks for sharing the app -- I'll have to investigate!
    Eberopolis: Teaching Reading & Writing with Technology

  5. So sorry you only have 2 weeks left! Great list. I'm with you on the purge part! 2 file cabinets need some serious purging. I like Alison's idea of a timer for getting things completed! Maybe, rank the tasks...what can you get done from home....?
    Good luck and thanks for sharing the app.
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  6. I used a timer yesterday, not only did it help me focus, but I kept going!

  7. Just found your blog through the linky. Thanks for posting about Astrid! I am all about a to-do list for everything, and I love that I can use it on my phone and computer, and they automatically sync to each other! Was not happy with the plain kind of list on my phone. And I love that it gives you reminders! Love it!

  8. Hi Jenny! I was going to edit my post to include the awesome reminders and the cute squid with his cute speech bubble.

  9. I'm definitely needing to check out this app! I'm your newest follower!



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