Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New {School} Year Resolution Linky Party

Ok, let me start this post by saying that I NEVER make new year resolutions because I NEVER keep them. 

I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to create a habit (or maybe it's break a bad habit...hmmm). Well either way, I never make it to 21 days. 

A new {school} year resolution on the other hand is something I can probably handle...we'll see.

So here goes nothing. I'm linking up with Amanda over at Teaching Maddeness for her 

Resolution #1
Stay organized. I have a little problem with putting things back where they go after I'm done with them. My husband would be the first to attest to this. I don't know why, but I've been this way my whole life. When I go visit my family they love to tease that they know when I have arrived because I leave a trail of my things all throughout the house. 

My only reply: I'm great at getting organized; I stink at staying organized.

Resolution #2
Use my timer! You're probably thinking that I'll be using a timer for my students. Nope. It's for me. At our teaching conference last year I took a class on procrastination and it was confirmed. Not only am I a disorganized mess (well, not after this post...thanks Amanda!), I'm also a procrastinator. One tip I learned was to use a timer to keep yourself motivated and it actually works...when I use it! So when that heap of papers I need to grade is piling up, I'm setting the timer for 10 minutes and I can't do anything but grade until that timer dings. Then I can do 5 minutes of something that I deem "fun" like playing around with my bulletin boards or doing educational research (aka blog hopping, pinning).  

Resolution #3
Work on writing. There are so many things I want to do better this year and I know it's not realistic to try and change too many things all at once. Writing is going to be my area of focus this year. I hope to have many awesome writing posts coming as the school year progresses. 

So there you have it folks. We'll see how I do. Fingers crossed!


  1. So I'm thinking I need to commit to my resolutions for at least 20 days- we will see if that creates a habit!!!

  2. I am definitely with you on #1!! That was my #1 too on my resolutions list. Organization always seems to be my downfall!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. Thanks for linking up to the party! I'm so glad you put "use your timer" as a resolution. I did that my first few years of teaching and it worked wonders! I should get back to that this year! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  4. I am just like you! I definitely need to start the timer for myself. Thanks for the ideas!

  5. I look forward to seeing your writing posts this year, that is one area that I would like to work on too! I just found your blog on the New {School} Year Resolution Linky Party, and look forward to follow you! I am your newest follower!