I don’t wear a watch. Every watch I’ve ever worn has either bothered me to the point that I was constantly turning it or moving it, and most have eventually caused a rash on my arm. So six years ago I stopped wearing one. It was a little odd at first, but I have a pretty good sense of time and I’m seldom late for anything. I have an alarm clock beside my bed and a clock on my microwave and here on the computer. There is a clock in my truck, in my classroom, and in the school office. Both of my colleagues wear watches, but when we are out at recess I usually sense that it is time to go inside about one minute before they confirm it by looking at their watches.
So now I am “watching the clock”. This is the change in behavior that definitely determines the end of summer for me. I don’t care much about time in the summer. I tend to think about it in big chunks- days, mornings, afternoons. Now that school has started my life is spent watching for minutes when I can squeeze in tasks. Do I have time to write a lesson plan before my children return from art class? Will I be able to stop by the library before I go home? Can I get to the post office before they close? Should I check my email before I start dinner? Will I have time this morning to post both my Caddo blog and this one?
Sometimes, like last night, I get very frustrated by things that get in my way. I wanted to do three simple things on the computer before going to bed. The internet (satellite) was behaving badly (we had a cloud and we have bandwidth issues) and wouldn’t let me do a thing!! I tried four times, restarted my computer, took a shower, and returned to complete one task before going to bed thirty minutes past my usual bedtime. A little frustration in an otherwise great day! J
So…I leave you with a simple thought this morning as I hurry off to eat breakfast and get ready for school. Use your time wisely today!