Sunday, 25 September 2011

Easy like a Sunday morning.

The most depressing feeling is waking up on a Sunday morning, thinking "ahh, bliss, another day off", before realising that actually, your job has taken over so much of what you do that you will spend the entire day doing work.

Don't get me wrong, I love my job but man do I need to reclaim my weekends. I already work 12-hour days plus marking at home during the week and, seriously, I cannot do this six days a week without burning out pretty soon. I'm already starting to feel the pressure and the stress and whilst that comes with the job, I need to be able to leave that at the door on Friday evenings to chill out, recover and regroup over the weekend ready to be the best teacher I can be for the kids on Monday morning. And right now, with things as they are, I can't imagine being the most amazing teacher tomorrow because the stress makes me feel like the teaching is the inconvenient bit between the paperwork and marking and that is not a good attitude to have.

So, as much as it sucks, I'll work all day today and get everything done for the week. Then, this week, I can get ready for next week and hopefully, reclaim my weekend.

Actually, I'm going to go and make plans for the entire of next weekend to make sure that I am too busy to do much work. If that doesn't give me a kick up the backside to get on with my work this weekend then I don't know what will.

Note to self (because I seem to have forgotten)
Weekends should involve...

  • Lazy lie-ins on BOTH days;
  • Yummy, indulgent breakfasts (I'm feeling the love for american-style pancakes);
  • Seeing the boyfriend AND seeing my friends (not one or the other);
  • A lazy nandos lunch;
  • A cheeky bit of post-pay day shopping;
  • Sitting, at some point, and just doing nothing;
  • A long, indulgent bath with bubbles;
  • Catching up with the family via phone/skype etc.

I can't fricking wait...

What would your ideal weekend involve?


Tom said...

Find the balance! You need time for yourself to unwind away from work. Both will be more efficient!

summer-claire said...

It's one of those things which is easier said than done! I am on a mission to at least reclaim my weekends :)

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