My schedule is wrapping up very quickly. I have a few days of classes left to plan, but the classes I need to teach aren’t what I am most worried about. Tomorrow will probably be the most intense day of my entire semester. I have nearly thirty interviews I need to complete with students, and I’ll be in class the entire day evaluating and talking to students one on one. It is going to be a long series of interviews, but by the end of the day I’ll nearly be half way done with all the interviews I need to conduct. Wrapping up and completing my schedule will feel a lot easier after that.
These interviews are not something I take lightly, and my students (so far) have all tried to do very well. I need to be there asking questions and grading them all day. Once tomorrow is done though, my schedule will be considerably better and lighter for the rest of the year.
Since I knew that I’d be sitting around all day tomorrow for class, I didn’t want to sit in the office all day today and work too. I know I need to get a few things done, but it doesn’t have to be “now now now”. If I work myself to exhaustion every day I’m too stressed when I get home. There is plenty of stuff that could be tying up my free time for the next few weeks, and they’ll eventually all get finished. Small chunks of annoying paperwork and writing is far better than an overwhelming day of lots of work when I get stressed and can’t focus or sleep afterwards. Recognizing that tomorrow would suck pretty hard, I decided that if my wife was okay with taking care of Glow, I should have some fun so I don’t get too stressed out.
I left work earlier than usual (I tend to do a few hours of paperwork on Tuesdays), and surprised some friends by meeting them during the middle of the week to hang out. I probably won’t be able to do that again for a very long time, so taking the opportunity when it presents itself was how I justified leaving some work to be done sitting on my desk. I had a good time with my friends, and all I need to do is make it through tomorrow. Once I do that, my schedule will improve and I can put my Master’s paper and my semester behind me.