Sunday, April 14, 2013

Why doesn't my brain ever turn off?

I know I'm not the only one. How many of you wake up in the middle the night with your brain racing? How many of you are in the middle of one idea when another pops into your head and you must immediately go act on it?  You have post its on your post its with books to read, places to go, things to buy, people to call?  PLEASE tell me it isn't just me!

I feel like I am on a constant quest to slow my brain down so I can get just one thing done well! So… as always… I go on a quest for the magical office supply that will make organization easy for me. Certainly a new notebook or binder will help, right?  Maybe a new bin?  Stacking trays?

Well . . . here is the latest edition to my "I'll buy a new product in a feeble attempt to get organized" family.



Isn't it cute?  I started a new page for each product idea I have had floating around on post its, old envelopes, and just in my mind.  CERTAINLY this will help me be organized, right?  

My goal for the end of the weekend is to have organized our huge pile to take to Goodwill, to go through another pile of papers, and to get all my "stuff" ready so that I can finish my report cards Monday night.  Anybody have any goals for the second half of the weekend?  I'm trying to tap into my inner "Lynn" from Fun in the Fours who spent the better part of last week TOTALLY reorganizing her classroom.  My classroom is a mess too--but I need to get a few things under control here at home so I can work on the fun stuff--my blog!  

Words of encouragement or snacks are welcome!



19 comments:

  1. I am just like you! I always feel like I need to immediately act upon the idea. I am trying so hard to balance my time better. I should start a notebook like that. Great idea!

    Amy
    Eclectic Educating

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    1. Yeah...just a heads up. I have started notebooks before...time will tell.

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  2. I hate lying in bed, brain racing until I finally get up and write some things down. My friend has gotten smart and keeps her notebook and pen by her bed. The worst are ideas that come to me while I am driving. Sometimes I start small at my home - one closet, one kids clothes. But that never works at school - one job always leads to a total over haul.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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    1. I hear you. I thought about putting it by my bed...it's by my computer right now. We shall see.

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  3. Virtual chocolate coming your way :) My ideas are on a file on my desktop - a total nuisance if I have a brainstorm at 3 a.m. because I really don't want to sit in front of a computer at that hour - it would be fatal :)
    Question: how do I channel my "inner Meg" and become more productive? :)

    Lynn

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    1. UMMMM...Go. Read. Your. Blog. Posts.

      You were AMAZING this week! I am trying to channel my "inner Lynn"! Failing in epic fashion, mind you!

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  4. I am absolutely like you! I haven't found a way to harness it all, though...

    Keep us posted on the notebook!

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    1. Harness. That's a good word...going to work on "harnessing" my chaos.

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  5. I've got notebooks, post its, scratch sheets of paper, etc. floating ALL around! I did buy a hardback day planner at the beginning of this year-ummmm..... :)

    And not only am I not as organized as I want to be, but I am a serious procrastinator!!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh dear, Shannon. Sounds like you suffer from the same disease I do. It always makes things interesting!

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  6. I feel your pain. It takes me forever to fall asleep because my brain doesn't want to shut off! Hope the notebook helps!
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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    1. Thanks, Bethany! I can usually fall asleep--it's when I wake up in the middle of the night that things get ugly.

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  7. I am so glad to see that I am not alone! Every year I make myself a teacher notebook to keep all my thoughts in, my problem is going back to read all of the goodness! I totally feel your pain! Good luck!
    Hilary
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

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    1. That's the problem with pinterest too--so many great ideas!

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  8. I completely know what you're talking about. I planned a new math game to add to one of my units all night long last night. Or those other nights when I can't sleep, I play a math game with the time on the clock- find all the prime factors and then the factor pairs -another math activity was born from that... It's better than nightmares, I guess. :)
    Pam
    Desktop Learning Adventures

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    1. HA! Do you watch your car's odometer too for palindromes like I do? I have my son obsessed with it as well!

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    2. OMG! I do! I even had a palindrome on my receipt today. :). We are not well people. :)

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  9. Your to do list sounds like mine, but I have the week off so mine is longer, hehe. I'm not the sort of person who just relaxes on vacation. I have to put that on my to do list too. ;)

    So mine includes getting ready for reports, Goodwill, new products, and going through papers too. And going in one day to organize classroom files. And cleaning my car. At least I can tick off 2 things already: I cleared out the "cabinet of clutter" in the kitchen and it looks so organized I just keep opening it up to admire it, haha! And I've created 3 new TPT products, so anything else I can do there is just gravy.

    As for snacks, would you rather a mango smoothie or a ham, cheese and onion quiche? Not sure which one I'll make today and which to save for tomorrow.

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    1. OOOOOH...mango smoothie for sure! You are being more productive than me. Sigh. I must get to work. NOW!

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