I started my Masters program this past weekend. For those of you who have been through this process I am confident you are nodding. You can probably already see where this is going.
My course runs on weekends - 5 hours Friday nights and 8 hours on Saturdays. After a long first week of school, getting the yearbook up and running, and navigating the waters of job action I left school (where I teach) to go to school (where I learn) [do not get too attached to the words teach/learn, as I think I do both simultaneously regardless of location]. By the end of class on Saturday I was sent out to read numerous articles, 30% of a book, write 2 critiques, prepare a written position paper for a debate and of course go through a 3 page bibliography to start thinking about topics for my essay. At first I was slightly outraged. I mean, don't they know I have a JOB!? How inconsiderate could they be? I mean this is a masters in EDUCATION! We are teachers. WORKING TEACHERS! Of course after my 2 minute mental temper tantrum I reminded myself that the reason I wanted to do this, and the respect I have for the school, program and level of education I was seeking would have expected no different. So as I did my sleep deprived Zombie walk back to the car, I found myself wondering how I was going to learn to manage my time.
Fellow tweeps quickly responded to my stressful outcry's saying this was what it was like for them too. Two years of exhaustion. @erringreg said to me "the overwhelmed part is the uncomfortable feeling of your previous paradigms shifting :)" And how can I argue with that - isn't it the reason I signed up for this in the first place? So I have had to quickly accept this new state of existence - the one where I am once again busier than I thought was possible. Balancing Science classes, a yearbook, student council, papers, readings, debates, critiques while trying to exercise, eat right, have time for my husband, friends and family. So how do you do it? All weekend I swore I was going to take the time to make a do to list for the week. But one thing followed another, and it's now Tuesday. And in between working with InDesign and ordering camera parts I have stopped, but only for a moment, to try and meet my Professional Development blogging goal (one more thing on the non-existent list). The truth is - I don't have time. I don't have TIME to make a LIST. I don't have TIME to manage my TIME. I don't have TIME to figure out how to prioritize. For the past 10 days I feel like I have been triaging my life. Dealing with the big things - the pressing engagements, the stuff that needs to be done for tomorrow. Leaving the rest (you know, those "unimportant" things, like dishes and laundry).
So how do you do it? What's the trick to managing your time?