The reason for the word SIMPLIFY..."I need to focus on a more simplistic view of my week. I feel that if I find my way out of clutter I will find simplicity. By looking at my week in a more simplistic view, I know I will infuse more happiness and energy to get "unstuck" and to put my head down at night with a clear view of the next day that is focused and meaningful."
Here we go...WEEK 2...
MIND: Declutter my thoughts at night. I realized this past week with all of the snow days that I have fallen into a habit that is bad for me. It may not be for others, but I think it is part of the reason I would go to bed with a cluttered mind. As I snuggle into bed, the last thing I do is check school email, personal email, and Facebook on my iPad one last time. Then a few games of Jelly Splash. I have decided to declutter this routine. I am going to go to bed and read. I am going to check those things BEFORE going up for the night. I am hoping that drifting off into another character's world may be just what I need to shift from the hectic day to peaceful sleep.
BODY: Continue to simplify my drinking. I drank water all week. I carried a water bottle with me all the time. To quote my daughter "Mom...you are not stopping at McDonald's? This is shocking!" So our children do pay attention to our habits...hmmmm....
SCHOOL: Three seconds. I do literacy coaching for teachers and provide literacy support to students. I am beginning a new cycle of students next week. The one thing I want to work on...wait time. I believe in accountable talk. I read somewhere (can't remember right now) that if a teacher waits three or more seconds after a student response before reacting, asking questions, or moving on that there would be evident changes in the use of language, thinking, and ownership of thinking. So I want to focus this week on the three seconds AFTER a response is given. This will give the students and myself more time to adjust or confirm thinking and hold all members of the group accountable and encourage engaged thinking. Nothing new to the education world...just need to get back to basics.
So...read, water, three seconds...simple enough!
MIND: Declutter the recipes. Check! The snow days helped with this one. My recipes are decluttered...down to a binder (shocking!:) and my very first cookbook. Those two shelves use to be full of printed pieces of papers, recipes box, and several cookbooks I never looked at. In the binder...only recipes that we love and in the front pocket...recipes to try!
SCHOOL: Head up! I think my body language was the most improved with this. Walking down the hall, head up, shoulders up, greeting others, AND stopping to acknowledge them. It put a bounce in my step and hopefully in others' days too by acknowledging their importance.