This week, now that I’ve fully transitioned back from the YMCA and have gotten into the swing of the semester, I’ve really been trying to focus on committing to my priorities on a regular basis.I remember a phrase: “If you want to change your life, change your habits.” I don’t remember if I read it somewhere, or if I heard someone say it, or if I said it and thought it was profound enough that it must have come from someone else. But I’ve found, wherever it comes from, that it’s very true.
Especially now that I’m into my thesis year, I’ve been trying to be more productive with my time. If I want to try to graduate in May, my thesis is due in March. That means I’ve got some writing to do!
But not only that, I’ve also been meaning, for a long time, to establish writerly habits. No matter how talented a writer you are, you won’t get anything written unless you find the time in your life to do it. Which is so much easier said than done. I’ve found the time in my life for this blog in the last year, and I’m so glad I did, but I still want to keep working on my literary writing. And that means I’ve got to commit!So I’ve been trying to write in my journal most days, if not each and every day. A lot of my colleagues in the creative nonfiction program have asked me to probe more into the motives that originally initiated my eating disorder, something I write a lot about, so I’ve been trying to get some of that out.
For this week’s Week in Review, here’s what else I’ve been committing to:
Making sure I’m well-prepared in advance for each and every lesson (not just, for instance, grabbing my lesson plan from last semester without going back over it), and that the course website has all the links and quizzes and such working at the beginning of this week. I was not always the best about that last semester, and more than anything else, it made me feel like a crummy teacher.
I’ve also been committing to making sure I get students’ grades back to them as promptly as I can.
I say I want to commit to actually use my planner, but the truth is, I’m just not a planner person. Still, I’ll try.
I want to commit to making Wednesday night swing dance a priority–it does so much for my mental health.
I’ve committed to a blogging schedule as best as I can: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday (although I’ll admit my Saturday post did come out quite late this week.)I’ve committed to keeping my apartment cleaner–at least the kitchen, living room, and bathroom.
I have not committed to keeping my room clean. But at least I don’t share that space with my roommate.
This last two weeks, all of my attempts to go to spin class have been thwarted. The Tuesday of my first week, the instructor no-showed; the Tuesday of my second week, I found out the class was cancelled; and on Friday, I discovered I’d forgotten to pack any kind of athletic shorts or pants. 😛 Still, I’m re-committing to going to the gym for spin a couple of times a week after a summer off.
I’ve also started a new internship–the communications intern for the English department blog–and I of course am committing to that.
But, to be careful not to make this post sound too much like I’ve had all work and no play, I’ve also relaxed and enjoyed myself on a few occasions.
I had lunch with my boyfriend on campus on Thursday. We sat on a bench by the little pond at CSU (they call it “the Lagoon”), and watched students learn how to survey a landscape while we enjoyed roses and a little mouse friend.On Friday night, my roommate and I went out for froyo. It was fun to have girl talk and relax before a three-day weekend.Finally, Saturday morning I got up early to fly to Kansas for the three-day weekend. My boyfriend came as well, and we’ve been having fun working on a puzzle, hanging out with my family, and showing him around Lawrence. We went to a sunflower field that was open for people to come take pictures for free–it was a madhouse and very challenging staging our photos to look like there was no one around. We also we walked around downtown Lawrence as well and checked out the shops.
It’s been good to have a few days off, although I should probably get back to the writing soon. And the grading. And the lesson planning. Sigh.
Hope all my readers have a lovely week!
What’s something you want to commit to this coming fall?