For the past few years, I would get to school early, read through my feeds on bloglines, write a response or two, download some podcasts and listen to them on the way home. This year, I’ve been back at school for three weeks and have only blogged twice. Both of those were at workshops as well. So what’s going on?
Well, at first we didn’t have wireless at my school. DSL was only available in the office so I had no connection. About a week ago, I plugged in a wireless router so now I have access. Time is a completely different issue. I get to work on time since I didn’t have my own classroom to go to yet. They still had a bunch of cleaning to do, so today is the first day that we can get into our classrooms. Our days have been incredibly full and by the time I get home, I really haven’t been in the mood to touch a computer unless it was to play poker or get ready for fantasy football. At the most, I’ve read through blogs once a week.
So in the immortal words of Yoda, “[I] must unlearn what [I] have learned.” This year is an entirely different ballgame. I won’t have the leisure time that I had in the past between tasks. I won’t have the same flexibility that I had when it came to starting and ending my day.
Reality is, if something is important you have to make the time for it. Lately I haven’t made time for my own personal professional development. I’ve been so inundated with school professional development that I have neglected my own.
It’s more than past time that I start blogging and reading blogs again on a regular basis, and definitely time to start podcasting again. Can I do it tonight? Maybe. I do have to make a trip to home depot, drop some things off at school, buy some balloons and do some prep work. Sounds like a great excuse not to do a podcast.
However, the whole thing began when I first plugged a microphone into an iPod and started talking into it. There’s no reason that I can’t record an old school CarCast and get the ball rolling again. Lack of time is an excuse that everybody has and never goes away. But at the end of the day, it’s still just an excuse.
So let me conclude with this: Welcome back, blogosphere. New school year, new set of challenges, and it’s time to create some new habits.