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The Dog Ate My Homework

The blog post I was prepared to share today got lost on my computer. I am sure it was my fault. I am often too impulsive and get frustrated with slow technology and restart my machine without realizing that I haven’t saved everything I should. I woke up this morning, sat down to edit, and it was gone. I searched in my recycling bin, my recovered files and all to no avail. I sat for awhile in front of my computer struggling to either recreate the post or start anew.

Interestingly enough, the original post was about feeling centered and at which points during my days do I feel the most centered. I had used an inspirational quote from the leadership world (which, of course I have been unable to find again) and a picture of me when I felt the most centered-in the classroom, as I am sure is true for many of you. I do still have the picture:

Isabel reading a story

At this moment, however, staring at my computer screen, I feel horribly un-centered! My hard work is lost. Maybe it’s a sign that really the more important question is how do we embrace those moments when we don’t feel centered and find a way to channel our un-centered energy into something productive? I did some Googling about what to do when you were stuck…

Here is the first link that come up in my search was to DSC’s website and Annie Alcott’s blog post about her students in her classroom.

As I read Annie’s post, I was reminded of a strategy that I have always fallen back on and has helped to keep me centered when I felt overwhelmed and like all was spiraling out of control. LIST-MAKING! Making lists has always made me feel more in control of my world. My colleague shared with me the simple little trick of putting a small box in front of every item on my list so that I could check off the tasks I had accomplished. Love that idea.

Two years ago, a friend on Facebook posted about an art exhibit in Washington, DC, that I never had the chance to go see but really wanted to. The curator had collected a myriad of lists from a wide variety of famous people-artists, business leaders, etc. I remember being so stunned by this-who would look at something as simple as list-making as an art form? Could my list-making one day be seen as such? Here is an article about the exhibition, if you are interested.

And, here is an image from the show, Adolf Konrad’s packing list. I wish my lists looked half as artistic as his. Thanks for indulging me in my list-making birdwalk. I’m off to make my to-do list now. Please share any list-making strategies you have found helpful!

packing list