Since returning to school full time last week, I have been managing a balancing act with all of my responsibilities and hobbies. A large part of me is grumpy, since I now have less free time to get all of those little things done that I so want to do.
I know that things will begin to settle down into a routine. I am making sure that I am being as productive as possible while I am at school, so I don't have to bring work home with me. In my last long-term sub job, I lived at school. Since I had an hour and fifteen minute drive each way, I was up by 4:45 and out the door an hour later to be at school by 7. Many, many days I was at school until at least 5 before beginning the long drive home. And at least once a week I was at school even longer (I think the latest I ever stayed was 7:30). I was always working. I brought things home with me every night and would marathon prep and grade on weekends. I will say that there were some other....circumstances surrounding the job that made me into such a workaholic.
It wasn't good for me in many ways. There were many school nights where Matt would come over to see me and I would beg him to help me. And of course, I would pass out as soon as we settled down to watch TV.
I am taking all kinds of precautions to make sure this doesn't happen again. I know that running myself ragged did not make me a better teacher, or a better person. I was stressed, exhausted, and insane.
So far, I have managed a good balance. It helps that hardly any of the teachers stay more than 15 minutes past the last bell. That encourages me to come home (which is a 5 minute drive away). And I have been much better about getting as much done at school as possible.
I feel like I am handling those responsibilities well. I'm not freaking out. In fact, I feel confident that I am doing a good job and maintaining that balance.
The problem begins once I get home from school. Perhaps it is just my body adjusting, but I am exhausted by the time I get home. I don't want to do anything, and I especially don't want to take care of the many things I need to around the apartment. I have been making a conscious effort to do "fifteen-minute" clean ups around the apartment, where I set the timer and go crazy for 15 minutes so rooms get picked up and maintained.
However, I still lack motivation to read and blog. Again, this might be my body adjusting to being on a "normal" schedule, but I don't always feel like reading when I come home from a long day of hammering knowledge into my students' heads.
So here are my questions for my fellow bloggers. How do you find a balance between your real-life responsibilities and the things you want to do? Do you have any other tricks or tips for me? I would appreciate any advice you have, from cleaning, to blogging, to cooking, to writing entries, and to keeping yourself sane in a busy world!
Thank you all!