Well this is a hard topic for a lot of us. I know that I struggle with it for sure. I used to spend A TON of time doing school related activities/assignments.
I used to coach the cheer team...an 11 month commitment, which included practices, traveling to games, camps, and then creating dances and cheers on my "off" time.
Then I was also on two committees for work, and at one point, taught 5/4 sections. CRAZY!!! I never had time for myself....especially with having to grade essays...forget about it!
But this year, this year is different. I'm not gonna lie, it's because I'm actually in a relationship. I am being forced to have a personal life ;) But this has been the best thing for me. We should not be spending 100% of our time doing school-related activities. Yes, I still have to grade essays and stuff...but I've been really trying to get as much graded at school as possible.
This year I've utilized my TAs to the fullest. They grade quizzes and tests [multiple choice and/or fill in the blank, and I grade the written portion]; they grade little homework assignments; they enter grades into my paper gradebook and then I put them in the computer gradebook. This has really helped save me some time.
So this weekend, I am headed to Arizona with my hunny and we are going to see the U of A game, and then Sunday we'll see the Cardinals game. This is the first time in my teaching career that I've done a weekend "vacation" during the school week/year. Usually I would wait til Summer, or Thanksgiving, or Christmas break to take a little trip. So this is good for me! I may have to grade a tiny teeny bit in the car ride there...but then I'll be 100% focused on us :)
So this is sort of a friendly reminder to make time for yourself. Don't let school overwhelm your life...just don't let it. It's a conscious decision we have to make every day. I still struggle with it every day, but I try my best to balance my life better now :)
Have a great weekend everyone!