3 o’clock Teacher
Have you ever watched enviously while some teachers march to the parking lot shortly after the bell rings, but you have a metaphorical stack of internet paperwork to complete? Do you promise yourself every summer you’re not going to spend your weekends planning awesome lessons–that magically it will happen during the week? Do you promise yourself at the beginning of every school year that you are going to have a consistent fitness plan and healthy social life during the work week? Do you promise yourself every year you are going to read for pleasure EVERY night?
It doesn’t matter how many promises I make, I break them all and eventually I end up frustrated. A couple of weeks ago I came up with a plan to help me maintain some of my committments.
CrossFit Planning & Grading Plan
A couple of Saturdays ago, my husband and I were furiously working through the beautiful day on various projects for our classes. I suggested we set a timer for 25 minutes, and then stop and do some form of exercise. Luckily, I married someone who will play my games. We used the timer through the whole weekend and did various activities:
- 25 squats
- 10-20 pushups (husband 20; me 10)
- 25 situps
- 5 minute inversion (headstand or inversion table)
- 25 lunges
- 5 minute forward bend
Angry at me, my husband wished he would have thought of the idea. It’s a simple way to get work done, and maintain a form of fitness. My husband also says it helps him get more done in the short spurts because he is working against a timer and he wants to be productive.
The Pomodoro Technique
Coincidentally, I’m taking a History of Racism in the Theatre class and the professor began the following Monday’s class with a writing exercise. The room was completely silent as everyone scribbled or typed about their particular projects. I’d never had so much time to sit in a class and write and the ideas were flowing out beautifully. Her phone went off and the Professor explained the Pomodoro Technique as a practice devised by Francesco Cirillo, a man from Italy (Pomodoro=tomato) where you work on a task for 25 minutes and then you take a bit of a break before resuming the work. Wow! I could be a famous Italian researcher!
What techniques have you tried to balance a healthy lifestyle with work?