Habits

Cover of "7 Habits of Highly Effective Te...

Cover of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Habits.  While teaching The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey, I am reminded about my habits.  Last year at this time I was writing in this blog everyday.  Three days before Christmas I had to stop writing because of a detached retina.  Once I regained my sight, I had already changed my habits.  I was only writing a few times a week.

The start of this school year has been busy.   I have postponed what I enjoy doing, writing.   I am venturing out and teaching a couple of new books, and the school is inundating me with information on formative assessments.  Neither of these are bad.  In fact, I am learning and adjusting my sails in the winds of change.  However, I, like our entire English department, has increased our student load.   I have 18 more students this year, which is a small class.  Keeping up with the grading has been a challenge.

School, two aging parents with medical issues who live 3 hours away, and my own children and their activities have made me change my routine.  These are all things I have limited control over, though.

I am in control of when I collect assignments.

I am in control of arranging to take care of my parents with my siblings.

I am in control of letting my wife continue to arrange for carpools, so I have more free time.

And, I am in control of making the time to write.  Making the time to write this short blog has lifted my spirits.  I know it is not a witty or  profound post, but the process of making my writing a priority again has rejuvenated the muses within me.  Changing Habits.  It begins with me.

What habit do you want to create?  How do you get back to doing what you enjoy?

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