Working the Plan

To Do List
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By Dave

I may not be a planner by nature, but I definitely married one. While I plan because I have to, her eyes light up and there is a raw energy in her voice when she tells you about her latest strategy to tackle a problem. She not only loves to plan, she finds comfort in it.

It’s not that I just get up and live moment-by-moment without a clue of what comes next. I’m a teacher, so the need to plan is a by-product of my job. If I didn’t know what I was coming after the vocabulary review of a book chapter, any semblance of learning or organization can be expected to fly right out the window.

But transferring that skill from the classroom to home is not always that easy. At home, I want to be done with work and any reminder of it. While grading takes over some time and space in my sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of students and lesson plans and pacing guides, I want my home to be free from the structure that dictates my daily life.

The problem, however, is that the organization that helps my classroom run more efficiently, can be applied to the home environment to achieve the results that will make a long-lasting difference.

So, as much as I don’t like the idea, the only way this whole experiment is going to work is if I’m willing to use a calendar and start making some plans for success.