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10 Tasks (This) Online Teacher Should be Doing But Isn't

Teaching has a way of infiltrating and taking over every area of my life. After wrapping up my full-time job’s tasks every day, I work on my classes. After dinner every night, I work on my classes. During my formerly sacred Saturday and Sunday afternoons, I work on my classes.

Thankfully, I only have two weeks left at my full-time job, so come February 15, I should be able to better schedule all of my class to-dos alongside my real-life want-to-dos.

In the meantime, here is a top 10 list of things I should be/want to be doing while my classes preoccupy my mind, time, and computer:

  1. Sleeping. I laid in bed an hour-and-a-half last night and outlined my B-block classes in my head. Finally, I turned on the light, grabbed my calendar from the living room, and wrote everything down. Purging my brain of these thoughts is the only thing that lets me get to sleep.
  2. Dishes. Remember last week when I told you how Chris and I are eating at home in 2010 to cut down on the calories and costs associated with eating out? Yeah, that yields a lot of dishes. And I’ve been going an average of four days without doing them because as soon as dinner is over, I’m back at my computer working again.
  3. Blogging. An editorial calendar for one’s blogs is a great idea, but it doesn’t write the blog posts for you. I’ve made revisions for this week, and we’ll see if I can write ahead of schedule and keep you all interested.
  4. Exercising. Yes, it’s winter, and I don’t have a gym membership, but I do have a Wii Fit, and I can’t seem to muster the mental energy to be told, “You’re a little shaky.” I’m looking ahead to the middle of February when spring starts to shows its face every few days, and I’m going to work toward a daily walk/run in my neighborhood.
  5. Sewing. Did you know that Chris was an awesome husband and bought me a sewing machine for Christmas? Did you know that it’s been sitting on my office floor since then patiently waiting for me to christen it? I have a project planned, but I need to buy the material for it, which should happen on Friday morning. Cross your fingers.
  6. Reading. Remember that list of books I said I was going to read in 2010? And the stack of magazine subscriptions I get every month? I’ve made a little progress, but not nearly as much as I would like. (And the next book on my list is maybe 50 pages. Maybe.)
  7. Crocheting. I have a project sitting out in the living room that’s been getting a little attention here and there. It’s a baby blanket for no one in particular, and I’m assembling it. This part is time consuming and not as much fun as whipping out an afghan.
  8. Showering. Because sometimes I lay awake at night for so long that I’m exhausted in the morning and don’t give myself enough time to take a shower. Gross, I know.
  9. Laundry. And I’ve been wearing shirts and jeans over and over without washing them. In my defense, I did wash all of my jeans this weekend; they walked themselves to the laundry room.
  10. Eating (well). Oh, I’ve been eating. Eating crap. And lots of it. I’ve been eating through the giant tin of popcorn we got for Christmas. I’ve been eating the bag of peanut butter M&Ms I bought for Chris. I’ve been eating the chocolate chocolate chip cookies I made for Bible study last week. To my credit, I am eating/drinking a chocolate protein shake (with/without a banana tossed in) every morning for breakfast. And I’ve been packing healthy lunches: oranges, hard-boiled eggs, grapes, canned soup, 100-calorie packs of popcorn, nuts, etc. But come the weekend, and I’m noshing on whatever junk food I can find!

As you can see, I welcome Monday, February 15, and (hopefully) the eight hours a day I can schedule to my own liking.

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