I am a big fan of David Allen's "Getting Things Done" system. The book is a great read about organization and productivity. This quote struck right to the heart. I needed the reminder.
Lately, I have been feeling as if I need more time. I always feel that way spring term. I tried to describe the quarter system, and specifically the spring quarter, to someone the other day and I said: It is like an all out sprint at the end of a marathon.
Here's how the quarter system works. Fall term classes started September 30. We took two weeks at Christmas before winter term began January 6. From there we have taught with only the MLK holiday. Technically, we also get a week for spring break in late March, but that is filled with State FFA Convention, finalizing grades for winter term and resetting the syllabus and content management system for a new term with a new course and new students. This new term started April 1 and we haven't stopped since. It is week 5 now and we still have 5 more weeks, plus finals. Graduation is June 14th.
David Allen gently reminds me that it is not about the number of hours in the day - but it is about how I use the hours I have.