8.29.2011

Back to School Resolutions

School is in full swing.
3 days down, 183 to go!
This week I started my 8th year of teaching Middle School Math!
I forgot how exhausting the first week of school is.
We are so lazy & relaxed all summer, that I was a little shell shocked going back to school last week!
So far the first week has been good. Tiring, but good.
It feels nice to bet back into a routine again.

A new school year is like a new calendar year.
A fresh start. New Beginnings.
I was one of those kids growing up who LOVED the start of school.
I loved going back to school shopping for new clothes and for new school supplies.
Heck, I still love doing that!
So, I thought I would write down my Back to School Resolutions to keep myself more accountable and, because who doesn't love a list?
2011 Back to School Resolutions
  1. Be in bed at 10:30 each night (as I type this at midnight. ha!)
  2. Lay out my outfit & jewelry each night so that the mornings aren't so rushed.
  3. Make & pack my lunch the night before.
  4. Make coffee & use the automatic timer in the morning (Kevin always does this, thank you Kevin!)
  5. Don't hit snooze 5 times before I get up in the morning.
  6. Leave for school by 7:40 am
  7. Meal plan on Sundays so that I have our dinners figured out for the week.
  8. Pack the girls clothes/backpacks each night before bed.
  9. On Sundays, I want to finish laundry & house cleaning for the week so that I start the week with a clean house.
  10. Have a good attitude!!! (I had some tough students last year & I had a super bad attitude toward the end of the year and would bring home that bad attitude. Not this year!)

As a working mom with 2 little girls & a side business of photography & Etsy shop, I need to keep myself organized so that our home can run as smoothly as possible, but trust me, things get crazy at times!

I pretty much have the same Back to School Resolutions every year, let's see how long they last this year!
Anyone else have Back to School Resolutions?

19 comments:

  1. Ditto! As I comment at 3 in the morning (randomly woke up and can't sleep!)! I think we should add a monthly or every other wine night, yes? It will be good for the stay positive all year one-for real! :)

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  2. Looks like a great list. We are doing a school schedule for the first time this year, starting in a week. Nervous and sad, but excited for Avery.

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  3. Today is my first day back: ( I had a really rough group last year too so can totally relate with the bad attitude--I'm going to try to do laundry throughout the week so it's done by Sunday. I would like to get a little exercise in the mornings as well. . .that's a bit of a stretch for me though. I think key is planning ahead and sticking to your evening before prep. We can do this!! Have a great week!

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  4. mine is NO MORE SNOOZE BUTTON! Seriously, that darn button gets me in so much trouble! So I bought an iPod alarm clock and it sits in the loft. its LOUD so I have to get up and leave my room then pass the stairs to turn it off and by that point i force myself down the stairs lol. Its worked so far! I havent hit snooze once this school year and I am the queen of the snooze button.

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  5. I don't usually make a list but I need to. I am always so much more relaxed when the things are ready the night before. That's key for me...one that I hope to keep up all year. Hope you have a great year :)

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  6. stay on top of the kids' art work/projects/work they bring home from school so I don't have to put it ALL in the portfolio at the end of the school year.

    Go to bed earlier (10:00) and wake-up earlier (6:30-7:00).

    Spend more quality time with Nicole while Tyler is at school (games, reading, playing). Last year of preschool :(

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  7. mine:
    Don't procrastinate on grading so that I don't have to spend a Sunday evening grading 90 essays.
    Keep my work desk clean.

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  8. I definitely share some of these resolutions for the new school year. Even though I'm sure our home life is much less stressful than yours because we don't have kids, I will feel so much better each week if I have the kitchen stocked, meals planned, and a clean house by the end of each Sunday.
    I hope you have a great second week!

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  9. these are great! we haven't experienced school yet-elijah isn't even three yet. BUT i know a list like this will benefit us greatly.
    so thankful to have you and your wisdom to guide me:)

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  10. I am definitely in "back to school" mode, even though I'm at work and not at school so your post has come at just the right time!

    I don't have kids yet but my resolutions are very similar to you - get to bed at a decent hour, don't hit snooze, attempt to eat breakfast before I run out the door, and set out my clothes the night before! Although I'm attempting to keep the house tidy throughout the week as I have a tendency to let it go to rack and ruin through the week and spend the weekend cleaning!

    Good luck with your second week back! x

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  11. You've been on my heart all week! Praying that this is a GOOD school year, full of unexpected blessings and grace each day. You are an INCREDIBLE person and such a light in that school. I'm so grateful that my kids will have teachers like you in the public school system. Love, hugs, and prayers for you my friend!!!

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  12. Every Sunday night, we clean up bedrooms and the playroom so we can start the week fresh. It makes Mondays much brighter!

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  13. good list. Hope your school year goes smoothly

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  14. Love this! I need a resolution list as well -- my husband broke his ankle over the weekend which increases my plate ten fold. Maybe a resolution list will help me stay on top of it all.

    Jenny Collier
    http://jennycollierphotography.com/blog

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  15. NEWEST FOLLOWER! YESSSS! :) Love love love your blog!!! :)

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  16. A lot of those are my resolutions too! I teach a 4/5 combo in Pleasanton. We can do it! BTW, I am a friend of Heather Giustino's and she introduced me to your blog. Love it!

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  17. Visiting from Kelly's Korner! Love your list...sounds a lot like mine!! Hope your year is still going strong:)

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