English: A typical Deutsche Bahn railway stati...
English: A typical Deutsche Bahn railway station clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

One Reply to “Time”

  1. I’m dreading my back-to-school schedule as it’s very fragmented. Four different courses plus a grad student who’ll need a directed readings course. Eep!

    But I still have a fair bit of time that’s mine and two, maybe three days in a week where I can carve out more than an hour and a half at a stretch to work on research. Good luck with your time management and stealing a bit of time to refocus in between the busyness of the school term.

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