A new quarter. I'm not ready. I do love my job -- or at least significant aspects of it -- but, my word, I'm not ready. (Syllabi have been revised and everything. I just mean psychologically.) Even though I love my job, it's so easy for me to look on another quarter with dread. Too easy. I have a bad attitude, I know. I also got only a couple days of break when I wasn't grading or writing syllabi or getting some training on important tasks. The lack of time off is significant. And how that affects my family is also very significant too.
It's also winter, and something in me looks outside and sees all that snow and is absolutely convinced that the snow is a blanket to snuggle under. Wake me when the daffodils are up.
I'm already dealing with recalcitrant colleagues not doing their jobs and grumpy-making confrontations-to-come and students who call me "Mrs." and past students who ask me to email them back immediately. How can I learn to leave it all at work? How can I learn to leave it all at work when I often work at home as well? Especially in the winter. I wonder if blogging or journaling at the end of the work day would be helpful so I can more consciously regroup.