The sun is out, the wind is tornadic, and I’m downing Claritin like it’s my job. It must be spring time in Oklahoma. If you happen to be in the neighborhood and you have a second, could you help me destroy all the Bradford pears in the state? I’d greatly appreciate it. So would all the other residents who can’t stand the rancid stank and allergens.

(Wouldn’t it be awesome if tornadoes targeted Bradford pears and nothing else?)


Anyhow, let’s get down to business. Here’s what I learned in March.

You absolutely must pick your top 3 priorities.

It’s kind of one of those life hack/productivity adages that you often hear, but don’t think much of until you try it. Basically, the idea goes that you can’t have more than 3 priorities in your life. So, if you have work, family, and fitness as your top 3 priorities, you won’t get to see your friends very often. Or, if you have friends, making art, and school work as your priorities, you may not be there for Sunday dinner at your parents’ house every week.

I’ve spent basically the past 10 years trying to be the very best at my job, trying to be the very best daughter, trying to be the very best girlfriend, trying to be the very best friend, and trying to be the very best writer. It has been exhausting, and since it’s impossible to be the best at everything, I have been the best at nothing. This past month, I picked and focused on my top 3 priorities, and it has made all the difference. I’ll probably write more on this later, but for now, know that I’m a big fan of streamlining.

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It’s possible to hate procrastination more than anything, but still not want to get things done.

This is kind of how I feel when it comes to grading papers. Once I get going, I’m fine. But sitting down and getting started with actual grading is the WORST, and when the sun is out like it is now, it’s hard to make myself do it.

Students will only stay late after class on days you have to pee.

Lately, I’ve made an effort to drink a lot more water, with the goal of hitting 120 ounces per day. Naturally, this had led to, well…natural processes. And on the days when I really have to pee, the students who are usually champing at the bit to leave the minute class has started are the ones staying 5 minutes after class has ended to ask questions. I

swear they have to know when I really have to go.

I’m a validation junky.

I’m the queen of getting down and angry about things. And I have to say, that the end of winter is a terrible time for me. It’s like the third lap around the track when you’re running the mile. For the first two laps, you’re pretty fresh and have the energy. Then, you hit your third lap, and it’s like murder. You’ve already done two laps, can’t you just be done? And then, when you get to the fourth, you’re just so happy to have the end in sight that you don’t even feel winded or tired.

January through March are my third lap. Spring is the fourth lap, and now I can see light at the end of the tunnel.

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I didn’t realize how much I was in this third lap mentality until the other day when someone told me I was doing really good. Then it kind of hit me that I’ve been a nasty grumpus for the past few months because the time of year had me down. And all it took was someone telling me that I’m really good at what I do for me to snap out of it. I guess I could use a couple hits of validation more often.

8 Responses

  1. Love the top three prioritizing idea!!! Must try.

    Here’s something that I found that helps with drinking more water (Norman water in particular and its associated toxins)… I added this to my water bottle and it seems to make the water more palatable : Black+Blum Charcoal Refill Water Filter -I got mine from Amazon. You can boil it every so often to remove the junk. At least it makes me feel better about drinking water. And yes, the student visit length is directly proportional to your bladder capacity!!

    1. I will have to grab one of those! Thanks for the recommendation.

      And do you think if I started doing the toddler potty dance that they would leave?

  2. Yes to the priorities!!! I’ve been learning that my best days involve no more than 2-3 priorities, and 1 main thing. My main thing is determined by asking myself this question: if I could do ONE thing that would infinitely make this day great, what would it be?

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