Thursday, August 29, 2013

Calendar Stress

Somebody please tell me September is almost over.  It's going to be a looong month, y'all.  Out of 19 school days, I have 16 meetings.  That means being at school early for IEP Meetings.  By early I mean 7:15.  That means leaving my house at 6:30 to allow myself enough time to get to school, gather my things (and thoughts), get materials ready for my 8:00 group, and head to the conference room.  My calendar looks like this:
(Click on the pictures for a better view)
I use brown to remind me to send invitations to the meetings and other "to do" tasks, yellow for the meetings already scheduled (with the principal and teacher being notified), and blue is for tentative meetings.  At the beginning of the year, I look at all of the IEP due dates, put those in red, look at the month before and tentatively put them in.  Then, I'll look 2 weeks before that, and put in the reminder to send the invitations.  See the little arrow in the bottom right corner of the 20th?  That means that there's more that wouldn't fit on the screen.
I prefer my months to look like this:
Did you notice the month?  I had to go all the way to February to get to it.  It's going to be a long few months.  Luckily we have these little breaks called "Fall Break", "Christmas Break", and "Spring Break" to get re-energized.  I'm looking forward to this long weekend to hopefully get a little ahead.  I feel like I'm flying by the seat of my pants right now as far as planning.  It has to get better, right?


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