I work a fair amount in the summer, but it’s at a completely different pace. I get up later. I have coffee and breakfast. I go out on the deck with my computer and work. I’ll take a break and then work some more. I’ll eat lunch and then, depending on how motivated I am, I might work some more, or I might work around the house.
Once school starts, the day gets broken up into 1 hour and 15 minute increments at best and 40 minute increments at worst. I don’t generally have 3 hour stretches of time to focus on one thing. This year’s schedule looks much better than previous years. I’m crossing over divisions less–only one MS class. And some days, I really do have an almost 3-hour stretch. I’m hoping to use that time wisely.
Last year, I had 7 preps. This year, I have 3. If you’re a teacher, you know how much better that is. Even if I only spent 15 minutes or so on each of my middle school classes, that was still 45 minutes of prep at a minimum. Most days, it was more than that. I do have a couple of students who want to do an independent study, so that will eat up an hour probably on a couple of days, but we’ll see.
I remember fondly my senior year in college when all my classes were on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My day started around 9:30 and didn’t end until 4, I think, but 3 days a week were all mine. I had a job, but it didn’t start until 3:30 at the earliest and mostly I worked on the weekend. I spent a lot of that time writing at my dining room table, also sleeping and eating. Hey, it was college! I can’t even remember having a schedule like that for years except when I wasn’t working.
So, here’s hoping that my time won’t get too eaten up, that I can find ways to make the best of it and that I can find time for myself.