Summer Challenge: Weeks 10, 11, 12

I had a wonderful vacation in the wilderness watching fireflies in the evening and swimming in ponds during the day. I am now more than ever convinced that this type of time away is an essential part of being human.

After coming home from a very refreshing time away in week 10, I was forced to change my work schedule to accommodate an unexpected interview. For weeks 11 and 12, I stepped away from my normal to-do list, quickly assembled a new task list and worked through the necessary steps to make me feel as ready as I could be for the task. There are two things that I found myself reacting to as I did this: 1) I was happy that I already had a long-term todo list scheduled because I knew that although I had to take a week off, all of my lists would stay in one place where I could find them again and hopefully get back into the swing of things when I returned and 2) I was able to use all of my task master devices and methods and apply them to a short-term goal immediately.

Now, however, I am having a hard time finding the motivation to step up to the level of discipline that I had before this two-week side track. I am hoping that today as I schedule my new tasks for the week, I can find the motivation to get back on track with my reading and summarizing that needs to get done. I have 6 more weeks before a new schedule with teaching prep and other commitments will come my way. Perhaps that will help whip me into shape quickly!