You see, when I go to school on the weekend I invariably have a lot of stuff I should've taken care of on Friday afternoon waiting for me. Friday tends to be Enormous Messy Project day. If I know I'm coming in on Sunday, why stay to clean it up? I forget that I am coming in for a reason - say, to make a month of homework and pull materials for an ELD unit.
And then when I get to school? It's Sunday - the weekend! I am supposed to be relaxing and having fun on the weekend! So clearly I should do the things I like: planning out the arts and crafts extensions for a thematic unit, making a new bulletin board, organizing my pens.
This ends up being a colossal ADHD dramafest, wherein one of the following happens:
- Although I plan to leave at 1:00pm, I stay until 5:30, forget that the alarm is on a timer and re-arms and set it off while locking the back wing. By the time I get to the front and disarm it, I am having a panic attack and my eardrums have exploded from the noise.
- I do exactly what I want to do, leave at 1:30 and end up coming into school at 5:30 Monday morning for a massive clean/pull/craze extravaganza. This is a bad start to the week.
- I do exactly what I am supposed to do and feel bitter and grumpy about it. I engage in shopping therapy, typically purchasing arts and crafts supplies for the classroom.
Anyway, it's not really ideal. I'm thinking that perhaps setting myself a list of required, conceivable and Absolutely Do Not Even Think About It tasks will help me manage more successfully. So for tomorrow, I will definitely be:
- laminating several sets of flash cards for long-term viability,
- mapping out where the furniture goes this year, and
- hanging fadeless paper and bordette on all appropriate surfaces.
I may also consider:
- Moving the library to the other side of the classroom (this is a major endeavor),
- Plugging in the computers and printing out game sets, and
- Hanging filters and contact paper on all the windows (to cut down on glare/heat).
However, under no circumstances may I:
- Start making homework packets or
- Pull out all my quilling materials, quill a demo project and plan a craft unit.
While I'm on a list-making adventure, my other little goals for the year are:
- Write at least five successful Donors Choose grants,
- Keep/Train another Resident,
- Support the Ex-Resident, and
- Avoid all psycho-social interpersonal drama at my school site. My school site is highly functional and the adult culture is okay, but a high-needs environment is high-stress for everyone. Last year I tried to help people mediate their way through the pressure cooker and it's just too much vacuum-sealing for me to be healthy and stable.