It’s that time of year again – Summer Sessions are upon us. The spring semester was put to rest; my grades were submitted early for the first time ever. (In December, I submitted my grades late from a rest area along I-90. Yeah, I am that professor.) We have had our commencement ceremonies! Now, we have a few minutes before the first session of summer school begins. Time for clean up, organization, and planning.
Last fall, I found myself just about to start the semester having not completed any of things I set out to do that summer. There were all very valid reasons and had nothing to do with me not being Time-on-Task. Now here I am at the start of another summer staring at the List of Things to Accomplish. Here is my list, in no particular order:
- Do all the history/writing things I am late on.
- Write book review that I am not late on (yet – please get it in on time!)
- Organize my basement so that I can find things and make the editors of Real Simple proud.
- Read a lot of mystery novels.
- Actually do research.
- Take care of the garden and the yard (aka get fresh air and have a reason to put on sun block)
- Exercise in a real and consistent way so that when the fall semester starts I am so used to it that I could not imagine not getting up at 5 am to go to the Y.
- Spend time with friends and family.
- Travel and possibly have an adventure in a safe and boring manner.
- At some point (probably a week before the semester starts, having convinced myself that there is plenty of time to do that later) prepare for the fall semester, create syllabi, and plan lectures and classroom content.
That should do it, right?