Back from hiatus

It’s the last day of spring break.  As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been in a bit of a time crunch.  Just before break was incredibly busy.  I basically unplugged for the first 3 or 4 days.  I was on my computer, but I was playing games mostly instead of checking email or reading blogs.  The weather here kind of sucked and most of the family was sick (and now I am, yippee), so we spent a lot of time on the couch, reading and watching tv.   I did tackle a few household projects, but didn’t push myself.   It was enjoyable to not feel pressed.

We have a little over 8 weeks of school left, which seems mostly manageable and it’s peppered by a couple of long weekends.  I want to make the most of it and try to get some significant work done as well as push my students to get their best work done.  And I want to do that without feeling halfway insane.

I’m reading a book called Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time about how we all work too hard and women, especially feel crunched for time as they work full time and then shoulder most of the housework and childcare–still.  One thing I like about the place I work is the culture is mostly about working hard during your work hours, but there’s no expectation to respond to email or otherwise publicly engage with work outside of normal hours.  Most of my colleagues grade and plan after school or in the evenings, but it’s not constant and most do it without much complaint.  I still struggle with the Puritan work ethic myself and feel like even my leisure time needs to be occupied with “valuable” activities.  Just sitting, watching tv, doodling, whatever, that’s not good enough.

Laura, at Apt. 11D linked to an article with a similar theme.  Her readers find the data a bit spurious.  There’s a lot of data in Overwhelmed.  Her readers should read it. 🙂  We really do work too much.  40 years ago, economists predicted that we’d all work 20 hours a week and that would be considered full time.  We’d have more time for volunteering and general leisure.  I know, you’re laughing.

I aim to use my time wisely, including for leisure, for the rest of the school year.  We’ll see how it goes.