Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Talk Tuesday: Summer Slump

Most of you know that I'm a 4th grade teacher and that I'm officially out for summer (!!). Summers for teachers are cherished and appreciated, but they can also lead to days of feeling unproductive - I call it the summer slump. I tend to fall into a pattern of sleeping in, sipping on coffee while watching morning TV for way too long, putting off workouts because the couch just seems like the place to be, and making my pajamas my outfit of the day - every day. I know not all teachers fall into this summer slump because they have kids waking them up at the crack of dawn (do they not understand that it's summer?!), or may have summer side jobs, but I do know that all teachers can relate to the summer slump I'm referring to…in some way at least.

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think anything is necessarily wrong with this slump. We (teachers) work long hours during the school year, are on our feet all day, all while trying to teach every individual child in our classroom and meet their needs. It's not easy work, so summers should be spent with no specific agenda and a little bit of laziness. Plus, by the time July rolls around, most teachers are back in school mode - working in their classrooms or attending professional development conferences (all of which are unpaid), so we might as well enjoy the few weeks of freedom and not work too hard. I enjoyed my full summer slump last week. You may have noticed that I didn't blog any last week, and that's partly to do with me taking some time off. I slept in, got caught up on some of my favorite shows, and just enjoyed some much needed relaxation. I wanted to get a small dose of the summer laziness.

However, in the past, I've let my summer slump get way out of hand. I usually have a list of things I want to get done over the summer, but because of my love affair with the couch during my time off, they hardly ever get done. Before I know it, it's time to start preparing for another school year, and I am not sure where my summer (when I swore I was going to get all this stuff done) went. So this year I've sworn off the summer slump. I thrive on schedules and routines, so I've set some commitments and goals for myself in order to make sure I don't fall into the vicious cycle of staying up too late, which leads to sleeping in too late, which leads to another day of being unproductive.

I've set a bedtime just like I would if it were a work night (although it's a little later than those school week nights, because let's be honest, I was in bed by 8:30 during the school year). I have a morning routine set in place, as well as a workout routine to follow. This "schedule" has already gotten me feeling more productive and on track this summer. I've also chosen 3 things to really focus on so that my days are busy and there is no time to waste each day on the couch. I wanted to share these three things with you guys - mainly because typing it out helps me feel more accountable, and maybe it will inspire you all to make a list of things you want to focus on this summer (whether you're working or not!).

1. Develop good content for this blog.
I love that summer gives me more time to work on content for this blog. With more free time, I am able to brainstorm upcoming posts, do more photo shoots, answer more emails, and connect more with other bloggers. I have already seen my blog grow so much this year, because I committed to spending more time writing and sharing content consistently as one of my New Years Resolutions. I love sharing things with you guys, and this little space is the perfect outlet/hobby for me - it is definitely at the top of my to do list every day, and I enjoy every moment!

2. Start running again.
Once upon a time, I used to run. I was running consistently a few years ago and participated in several 5k runs. I am by no means a marathon runner, but I enjoy shorter runs a few times a week. I have gotten out of the routine of running, and it's definitely going to take some training to get back into it, which is why I have decided to focus on running consistently this summer. I ran a mile yesterday - so I would say I'm off to a good start! I'm hoping to sign up for a 5k by the end of the summer!

3. Focus on the unfinished house projects.
So I know this one is kind of vague, but that's because I have more house projects in mind than I can count. My plan is to tackle one at a time, and to see how many I can get done. For example, I'm still working on cleaning out our basement (which I originally started during spring cleaning, mentioned here), and I also want to plant a garden in our backyard with herbs and vegetables. There are many more on the list, so I have plenty of projects to keep me busy this summer!

So with all three of those on my focus list, plus a scheduled routine, I know that I can kick that summer slump to the curb - see ya (!!). That doesn't mean that I won't enjoy a few late nights of staying up, or a few afternoons of relaxing on the couch, but I do know that I am going to be much more productive this summer and stay focused! Do you ever find your self in a slump?! Thanks for listening to me talk about mine for Talk Tuesday! I love being able to share my thoughts with you guys - so thanks for reading!!
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