This time of the year is always hectic. The new semester has started, so I’m simultaneously teaching and taking classes. My new plan is to go back for a Ph.D. or E.D. in Instructional Design, so my current focus is bulking up my tech skills. I’m already good with technology and software, but know things keep changing and want to be sure I’m current.
This semester, I am taking an online Web Page Design class for this and my author site. I also am taking an Into to IT class. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited to see what new things will come out of it. Plus, I’m finishing up a short story to send out, and chipping away on my novel. I hope 2019 goes out on a high note, and that 2020 might be the year I can finish the novel and begin querying agents. I also hope to gain admittance into a Ph.D./Ed.D. program.
To gain more energy, in June I started a new diet and exercise regime and have lost nearly 20 pounds in 3 months. To manage my time better, I’m trying to set priorities daily and complete those first. I also create a secondary list and if there’s time, I tackle those daily. It’s not easy, but nothing worth having is. Hard work and discipline do pay off, but there are some days I’d rather binge Netflix and chill, honestly. That’s why that’s one of the rewards, once the work is done. Rewards help!
Time management is not always easy, and sometimes it feels like things are never going to be calm again, but there is a season for everything. This feels like a new year, as we enter the academic year, and I try to treat it and January as a time to re-assess. I hope you have a chance to re-assess and keep reaching for the brass ring!