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!


9 comments:

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

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

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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. :)
    ~Brandee
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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  3. Thanks for linking up! I may need to check out that app! :)
    ~Lorraine
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies 
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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!
    Alison
    Eberopolis: Teaching Reading & Writing with Technology

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  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

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

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  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!

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

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

    Courtney
    4thGradeSprinkles

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