This year, I have decided to focus both my professional and personal life on consistency. Not the kind in which everything is the same with no interesting variations (think factory-produced rubber ducks on an assembly line), but the kind of consistency that is a habit. In a good way, not in the, “I should hang up my coat but the closet is 20 feet away so I’ll just leave it on the couch like I always do,” kind of way.
Like any educator, I am always working on several different things at once. It’s not really a problem; I love multi-tasking. It keeps my interest and creativity high when I am consistently forced to change my focus. The problem is that I have a less-than-stellar record about returning to what I was working on before that new thing came toddling down the lane. I always complete everything I have to, but I would like to be more consistent, finishing what I start, making what I create match my vision of what it should be, and doing regularly those tasks that should be done regularly.
For example, part of my job includes developing resources to support teachers in my district. I created a website on book trailers and finished all the sections needed to do the professional development I was facilitating. The website is good, but I had other materials on additional tools and have not yet added those sections (note to self: work on book trailer site next week). Similarly, I was planning on writing more frequently on this blog and even posted about it last May. I haven’t done that, but I am going to try again. I am joining the #youredustory blogging challenge because I hope that the support of this community of bloggers will help me improve my practice by encouraging me to reflect better and more deeply on what I do and who I am as a teacher.
And just in case you were wondering, in my personal life, the two main areas in which I am struggling to be more consistent are exercising and filing paperwork. Suggestions for ways to address any of these issues are welcomed.