So I am usually pretty good about keeping up with everything, but I have been juggling a lot lately (yes, I am sticking to this metaphor). I started graduate courses. I have been working on a grant proposal for a new program I am implementing with my teachers. I have been working with teachers throughout my school on different projects. And my three kids are on two different baseball teams (well tee ball and coach pitch, but the league level doesn't make a difference).
Now I knew this was all coming. I mean, I enrolled in the courses, I knew what my work load looked like, and I was aware the kids would be around. so before the start of the school year, I started to stock pile a few podcast episodes, put together some newsletter ideas for my teachers and the blog, outlined a few possible presentation ideas for conferences, took notes on a few blog post ideas, cleaned the house, reorganized the office, and I even spent a few days sleeping in. All of these things were done so I could juggle the many items that I knew I would have thrown at me as soon as the school year officially started.
Well, I dropped a ball... or maybe it was two... now come to think of it, maybe it was three.
The first one was this blog. I haven't posted in a month and that is not the goal I had for myself. I have not been to upset by that, because I have still ben writing on my assignment blog for my graduate courses. It seems like once those are posted, I am tired of writing for the night and I opt to watch a show with my husband or go straight to bed. I have been intending to write here, but I just haven't.
The second one was my newsletter. for a few months, I was doing a pretty good job of putting together a newsletter of my blog posts, podcast episodes, and other EdTech news and topics. This was going out once a month, but I have not done this in a couple of months. I enjoyed putting these together and I hope to go back to them soon. Especially since a friend (and upcoming podcast guest), Leslie Kinard, recently told me of how she has been using them with her staff on a regular basis this year. I now want to go back to that as a way to communicate with my staff.
But the third ball that I dropped was the one that actually upset me. I MISSED A PODCAST RELEASE! I'm usually really good at scheduling, but when my friend and editor extraordinaire, Sara Adcock asked me last week which episode we were going to release that day I told her that we still had another week. She seemed doubtful, but I was sure we had just released an episode. I was wrong. It was time to release and I dropped the ball.
So what what am I going to do?
Nothing. I am honestly not too worried about it. I do my blog posts, my newsletters, and my podcast because I enjoy them. I will not ruin that by stressing out about getting things done on a strict schedule. Besides, I am more concerned with making sure my school work is done, my teachers are 110% supported, and most importantly that my husband and children know I am there for them.
I do intend to get back on my regular podcast schedule starting October 9th with the release of an episode where I talk to my friend Brad Shreffler, from the Planning Period Podcast, about his student tech team. Then episodes will continue coming every other week. Unless I drop the ball again, then I will just have to pick it back up and keep going from there.