Bizarrely I ended up having the most constructive work day yesterday (Christmas Day) since I moved house back in mid-October.
I managed to get an entire linked Scheme of Work for the sociology of education completed and produce a road map of what I need to do for basically the next 6 months: and it all looks very manageable and even enjoyable!
It may not look like much, but it’s 10 pages of various links, all linked to various web pages or resources I’ve written for A-level sociology (NB this only covers about 8 weeks of teaching, it’s about 15% of the total of what I’ve got ahead)….. and now I’ve got a firm idea of how I need to develop these resources even more effectively, and it’s about 80% refining rather than churning out new stuff, which is easy. Maybe a tad tedious, but easy, and at least with 20% creativity in there.
This is all after a couple of months of floundering about and being a bit all over the place. Not entirely lost, but that SOW was just what i needed to get done to make all my little teaching projects tie together.
I’ve also realised (all from not celebrating Christmas!) that my daily routine is just far too full of procrastination… I think the reason I was so productive yesterday is that there was nothing to distract me: no shops open, no real reason to go out, no people.
Although having said ‘no people’ it was surprising how many steemians were posting away as normal, bunch of weirdos!
I’ve also had quite a nice Boxing Day: it’s almost as if it wasn’t a special day at all: just normal.
Sitting here now, having suffered through Xmas yet again but with something so constructive come out of it, I’m very glad of it: if I liked Xmas and made a big deal out of it, I’d now be bloated, a whole lot poorer, and I’d have that Sunday feeling as Boxing Day draws to a close.
I’m actually so enthused about my new direction I’ve just cancelled some Xmas drinks I had penciled in for Friday, I just cannot see the point in dragging out this year anymore….. from tomorrow it’s meditation, diet, exercise, work. TBH that’s pretty much what my life is anyway, but just even more hardcore than usual.
Sorry 2018, you’ve been a bit too liminal for me, so I’m bring 2019 forwards by five days (technically!)