The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. ~ Abraham Lincoln
Today was one of “those” days. Chaotic from the beginning. In the past, I have compared the experience to playing a game of Asteroids — frantically trying to shoot down all of the issues before a massive collision occurs. The longer you “play,” the more likely you are to miss the “rocks” hurtling around you. Today, I definitely took some direct hits.
I was at a district training all day yesterday, so of course, I was behind before I walked in the door. My email inbox was overflowing. I had several discipline referrals — with other issues popping up during the day. A few parents called with concerns, and to top it off, I had a couple hours of flag football supervision (something I would normally enjoy if not for the 108 degree temperature, and the fact that I was wearing dress clothes). By the end of the day, I was tired, hot, frustrated, and as you can tell from this post, not extremely positive.
Even in my third year as a principal, I am still really struggling to manage my workload in a way that allows me to be “in the moment” throughout the day. While I suspect everyone has their struggles, I envy those school leaders who make it look easy. I don’t feel effective when I have “asteroid” days, and when I reflect on the experience, I am appalled at how quickly my focus shifts from people, to tasks — when I am overwhelmed. That isn’t a good thing.
In spite of today’s struggles (and I know there will be more to come), tomorrow is a new day, and I will find a way to make it a better.