Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Does anyone else struggle with time? It is an albatross around my neck. I wake up early every morning thinking today will be the day I have plenty of time, but not so! As soon as I am dressed and ready to head out the door each morning (kinder kiddo in tow), I feel behind. So many days lately I don't really feel ready to start my day when the bell rings , even though I have been at school since 7:00osh! By the time the school day ends, I'm usually positive I am out of time and my work is far from complete. Nighttime is no better. I read with Brody at night, get him in the bath and ready for bed, then I'm whipped! I glance at my school bag full of papers to grade or give feedback and decide tomorrow will be a new day and I'll try harder. But I do try hard. It is a very frustrating and draining cycle in which I find myself. I must admit I'm not a fan. Anyone who claims to know me well knows that I can be somewhat disorganized 😁, but I gave up apologizing for that a long time ago.  I just need to figure out how to get through the day without feeling like I've lost time, especially precious time with my family.


Tara Reed


  1. You are not the only one. When you figure it out, let me know!

  2. Albatross is such a great word! So glad you found time to blog. Years ago Dedra Adams shared the following quote with me from Lester Laminack. It's one of my favorites.

    "Time is like a budget; as teachers, we live on a "fixed income" when it comes to time. We have only so much and know we will not get anymore. When creating a budget, most of us set priorities and make tough decisions. We decide where to put our resources on the basis of what we value and consider most essential."

    I applaud you for making your family a priority. When we overextend ourselves at work, other areas of our lives begin to suffer. Sometimes the best thing we can do is walk away, and remember, it will all be there tomorrow.

  3. Retirement gives you time; however, by the time you can retire (meaning me) all the kids are gone and no longer here to spend time with. I say chunk the papers and just read with that big boy and go on trips with those even bigger kids.

  4. I have learned to not take it home because I won't get to it. I may read, or work with things stored in the cloud, but carrying the bag of work back and forth doesn't get it done. I am better off to get to school early or stay late because once I'm out the door my family becomes my biggest priority.

  5. Tara, I understand that feeling of not enough time. Hope your summer is filled with rest and just puttering. <3