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Beginning of a Summer Schedule

I have officially completed my teaching duties for the 2017-2018 year! Student responses have come in, and final parties to celebrate achievements have come to an end. Today, I am catching my breath after what ended up being a whirlwind of a semester. I am trying to think through summer plans and have already come up with several concrete projects that need to be worked on in the next twelve weeks. But in all honesty, I will need a few days of sitting blankly out the window before any serious work can begin. And that is okay.

During the semester, my days were full of tasks: lecture notes to write, powerpoint slides to prepare, student essays to read and grade, and seminars to organize. Back in January, I sat down and put in every single weekly task that needed to be completed in my schedule. Each task had  things like chapter readings that must be prepared in advance and I scheduled my grading into my calendar as non-negotiable tasks. It worked. I held Saturdays sacred "me"…

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