Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday - Organization for Ex-Teachers

I'm a dork. A certifiable dork. People think I am somewhat normal, and then they get to know me.

This fall, I am beginning my second year of not teaching. Last year I was a little preoccupied with moving across the country at 7 months pregnant and having a preemie. I never realized how hard the transition from working full time to being a stay at home wife and mom could be. I felt so disorganized all year. Part of it was the roller coaster of postpartum issues and thyroid issues. Some of it was just me not figuring out how to organize myself without the normal confines of the school day.

Well, now I am feeling nearly 100% each day. You can read an update in an interview I did on a friend's blog (if you suffer any postpartum issues, I highly recommend her blog). I am starting to get my act together. How, you ask? By implementing structures that worked before!

I had a lightbulb moment one day and got my dorky self to Target's Dollar Spot. I picked up a nifty Teacher's Lesson Plan Book! Why in the world? Well, normal planners just don't have the space for the lists that I need to make and all the information I need to write down for my day. I also want to be intentional as Baby gets older so time doesn't just slip by - we actually DO things and LEARN things.

I told you I am a dork. What else did I do? Well, I printed out a chart I used for grade keeping. No, I'm not grading myself. I am using that to track bill payments and such. Now, if I could only find a new use for a seating chart.....

Hey, it works for me!


Paula @ Organizing Tips For Moms said...

Great idea! Use what works. That makes you pretty smart, not a dork. :)

randomramblings-rachel said...

You are most definately NOT a dork. I am a "retired" teacher also. But I love lesson planning - er, plannind my day/week/month out. I have typed up a lesson plan page (similar to what we use to plan our lessons on) on word... but I think I might have to check out the Target bin. :) Thanks for sharing. :)

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

The transition to motherhood can be such a challenge! People can tell you what to expect before the baby is born, but you just can't imagine how different life will be until that little one shows up!!

Amber Koter-Puline said...

Thanks for the link back to my blog and especially for sharing your story!

xoxo, Amber

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