Like One Bright Star, I’m choosing to accentuate the positive and hold myself to those things that will stand me in good stead throughout the upcoming term:
I choose to put my teaching first not in mere commitment of time but in well-defined ways that will improve my student’s experience and my own sense of course management. I will let go of my perfectionism, recognizing that panicked micro-management doesn’t really make for a better course, in the end.
I will keep up with my academic writing maybe not every day but certainly many hours each week. Wednesday will be my research and writing day where no classes or meetings should intrude. I will use that day wisely as well as allot time for the same every Monday and Friday. And I will not apologize for my research interests to anyone!
Mens sana, corpora sana is more than a nifty tag line. I know, from personal experience, how much better I feel and how less likely I am to succumb to illness, if I exercise regularly. I vow to do so at least three if not four times each week.
Martyrs are generally unpleasant people and I don’t want to be one. So while I know I have the heaviest teaching load in the department, I don’t want to waste my term whining and moping around the department. I will neither abandon myself to endless unmentioned hours of coursework nor waste my time complaining to colleagues. I will get it done and make sure that I get all the support I deserve.