Wants, Needs and Musts

There are times when I am an expert at procrastinating. Last Sunday was a great example. Rather than get up early and work away at the dozens of little tasks that teachers need to do on the weekend before school starts, I got up early and went for a run. Then, I went to Church, drove to Toronto to visit my parents, cleaned the house (my favorite side-task)….But I still managed to get everything ready for Tuesday morning.

I haven’t put anything off since then. I simply don’t have the time I need to get everything done. This is my year of change and I knew I was going to be busy. I’m back in the classroom with two grade 6 classes, each of almost 30 students. The program is fast-paced which means that I’m always on – teaching, planning, marking, and communicating. It means that I don’t have time to mess around.

Last week, my first week back, I constantly felt pressed for time – for planning, family, fitness, blogging, sleeping….The list goes on.

For me, this is going to be a year of prioritizing: what needs to get done and what has to get done. And, as registration for Boston opens tomorrow at 10:00, I’ve had to decide where that falls on my list. Is it a need or is it a must?

Really, it’s a want. I don’t have to go to Boston but I’ve had so much encouragement from friends and family that registering for it has become a must. From that comes the need to run Boston and run it well – so that I don’t have to run another marathon to return in 2013.

Dave is home tomorrow and he has the “how to” list. It is not the day to sleep in, nor is it the day to mess up. Instead, tomorrow is going to become a game of patience and perseverence.

This morning, perhaps I shouldn’t have procrastinated getting out of bed for Church as that only resulted in my rolling over and falling back to sleep. Yes, this morning would have been a good day to pray.

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