The weather is cold, and dark, and damp and, along with all the piles of work, cues "hibernation."
This is the time of year I tend to panic, freak out, and go into denial. But I'm going to try something different this year. Check out this Royal Tern, which I snapped in Everglades National Park last week:
|I have an awesome hairdo.|
Look, this storm I'm in now is just kind of situation normal in this job. Panicking, hiding, and hibernating are not going to solve my piles-of-work problem. I'm going to try pointing my beak into the wind and just braving it.
For me, that looks like writing down a to-do item every time I have a panicked thought, or a deadline I forgot bubbles up to the surface. I carry my notebook with me EVERYWHERE and jotting stuff down as I think of it both concretizes and organizes the work I have to do. Everywhere:
|To-do list and Margarita scale distorted for comic effect|
I'm making lists of things I need to grade. Lists of assessment criteria for admissions. Lists of committee meeting dates and times. Lists of travel arrangements that need making. Facing into the headwind of a rapidly advancing semester.
How do you keep from collapsing at mid-semester? Is some kind of hibernation strategy useful to you? (I put my pyjamas on the minute I get home from work: that helps.) Or do you face the wind straight on?