Happy New Year!

It’s 2019! I hope everyone reading this is having a wonderful start to this new year. 

Even though I know I’m not a different person than I was yesterday, I always feel a sense of optimism at the start of each year. It’s actually one of my favorite things about being a teacher, too, because I have the same “new year” feeling every fall when school starts. A new year can be a fresh start, a new beginning, and a time to reflect on what you’re doing and what you’d like to change.
For me, I’m looking on buckling down on creating a schedule for myself while I’m still home with Cam and Tuck. I have until April before I’m planning on returning to the classroom, so I’d love to use my time wisely. I know most of my days are not exactly “plannable” because I never know exactly when Tucker will need to nurse or Cameron will want a snack (my God, the snacks a toddler wants!), but I can definitely set daily, weekly, and monthly goals for myself to accomplish. Sometimes I feel like I have so many different things I could be working on (creating products, making pins, recording for my Instagram story, listening to Podcasts, etc) that I end up overwhelmed and just bounce around from site to site without actually getting anything done. It’s a great way to waste the little free time I have to myself!
The past month or so, I’ve really thought about what I need to do to be productive and “work smart.” One of my biggest issues used to be needing to dig my laptop out every time I wanted to use it and finding a place to work on it without Cam trying to “help” with my mouse or grab my books or papers. A place where I wouldn’t get distracted by the babies or the television or household chores. (Trust me, there’s nothing worse than seeing a basket of laundry that needs to be folded and choosing to do that instead of getting work done.) 
So, when I identified that problem, I decided to solve it… I’ve set up a nice little work space at my kitchen table so I can hop on my Chromebook whenever I have a free minute and be productive (those five-minute work sessions add up!). I also have a designated spot in the spare room upstairs where I can start to get work done on my desktop in silence when Nick is home or the boys are napping. I’m working on getting another table up there for photographing resources and organizing the tools I need to be creative. 
It might not sound like much, but it’s the “preheating” process in my recipe for success… Now I just have to work on getting all the ingredients working together!
My next step is writing out my goals so I can hang them on my fridge. That way, I’ll see them every day whether I’m looking for them or not. I think just reading them daily will help me work toward achieving them! I made myself an organizer to keep track of my monthly and weekly goals. If you’d like to check it out and download it for free, click here or on the picture below.
As always, happy teaching!
P.S. Speaking of preheating and ingredients (hmm, maybe I shouldn’t have skipped lunch today), did anybody else get an Instant Pot or Air Fryer for Christmas? I received both from my awesome hubby and I legitimately have not turned on my stove or oven since. I’m having such a great time trying new recipes and cooking things quicker! 

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at KatrinasResources.com or view her educational resources on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

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