This Year I Promise Not To Over Promise

Or at least I promise to try not to – that’s good, right? I mean, i think it may be genetically impossible for a teacher to not over-commit herself. Just a personal theory.

For the last few days I’ve been thinking about 2012 and how I’m going to make it even better than 2011. Honestly, in a lot of ways 2011 kicked some serious ass. It was my first full year as a mommy, I finally graduated and became Dr. Mimi, I’ve been fortunate to have a few rad professional opportunities come my way and overall, I have a pretty happy life. However, in many ways 2011 was tough. I was stressed, I felt pulled in a million directions, not to mention having my own fair share of family drama.

So what to do? How to make things better?

My first reaction was to get my list on. (You knew that was coming, right?) In true teacher-who-can’t-say-no-to-anything-and-thinks-she-is-invincible-and-more-productive-than-three-typical-adults-combined fashion, the list was lengthy. Here are some highlights:

* to catch up on my Fave blogs and educational news daily
* to be more informed
* to do hot yoga at least once a week
* to clean a room or area of my house everyday
* to be more organized (I know! But it’s possible, even for me.)
* to take more pictures of my work in classrooms
* to blog more
* to read one professional book each month

Sound familiar?

Here are some rezzies from year’s past that might strike a chord:
* to correct homework as soon as I receive it
* to communicate more with parents
* to change my outside bulletin board every two weeks
* to integrate more technology into my teaching
* to be at least one week ahead in my plans at all times
* to re-organize my files and keep them up to date
* to stop putting things in piles

Anyone? Anyone??? Bueller?

But on this first day of 2012 I realized that I can’t completely control what happens to me, not can I totally control the times will have available for me to be so fabulous. What I’m getting at is rather than set myself up to go do in spectacular flames of failure in mid-February (with the related crying, shame spiraling and ice cream eating), I think this year I’m simply going to try not to over commit. (Which for me means keeping the plate full because I’m a sick sick individual who is more productive when I’m busy, while trying my best to make sure that the plate is filled with more things I love than things I’m not so jazzed about. Assessment, I’m looking at YOU.) I’m going to try not to say I’ll do something simply because I’ll feel guilty if I don’t. I’m going to try to take each week as it comes and do what I can. I’m going to try to be more present in my daily life and think about what I get to do, rather than think in terms of what I have to do.

What about you? How long is your list??? (Come on, I know you have one…)

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  • At least you make a list! I used to do that, but this year I stopped. I was feeling defeated because for every 1 item I crossed off I added 5 more. Now I have taken to using post its. They are everywhere! It is satisfying peeling them off and recycling them!
    Main thing to do this year: Use my time more effeciently. Taking 10 minutes to clear a pile off my desk is totally worth it.


    January 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm
  • I agree – there is something to be said for knowing reasonable limits. I struggle with this! I take on everything…..

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    January 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

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