Balancing work and rest

I have struggle with this many a summer, especially for the last 5 years when I’ve had the summer “off”.  Part of me knows I really need to recharge my batteries, which means being a slug for a while, watching bad tv, wandering around outside in the yard, maybe reading a book.  But I also know I don’t want to get to two weeks before school begins and find I have a month’s worth of work to do.  And then there are the personal goals (the losing weight, the finishing of house projects) and responsibilities (getting a kid off to college).  Even in the summer, it can be a juggling act.

This week through Thursday, I plan to get a chunk of things done.  Today I have to finish curriculum mapping and then pack up my classroom.  This afternoon, I will continue planning my 6th grade class by creating more videos for it.  I hope to start and potentially finish planning my 7th grade class (I have a feeling that’s not going to happen).

We leave Friday for vacation.  I’m going to take my computer with me, but I am not going to do any work.  We don’t have good internet access and most everything I have to do involves the Internet.

I am also continuing to brush up on my programming skills by participating in a couple of Udacity courses and doing some online challenges.  I work on those a couple of hours every day.  I take lots of breaks, and work outside when I can to get myself a lovely atmosphere to work in.  In addition to next week, I’m probably going to need another week of total down time.  I’ll probably take that in early August, before I really need to buckle down for the school year.

The summer is going to go by fast!