• Cate

The time has come, the walrus said...


...to get organised.

And I am! getting organised, that is.

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evidence of me getting organised.

I have an exciting year in front of me, because, as well as taking on a new role at school, I’ll be working part-time for the first time.

First and foremost, I made the decision because there were some family things that I needed to take days for last year that left me feeling as though I was letting my class and my team down. This year, the plan is to have a day in reserve each week that I can use for that ‘family stuff’.

That aside, it also means that I have a day where I can be a writer instead of a teacher, and I’m looking forward to making a bit of headway on a couple of projects.

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evidence of me being a writer,

(my 2015 writing log, research [yes, school version of Romeo and Juliet, but the only other copy I have is in such tiny print that it was all too hard], my nascent planning journal, and a pretty notebook where I write notes from workshops, etc..)

The important thing is to be ready, and not let that day be subsumed into the planning and prep and assessment and evaluation that rules the lives of teachers. Nor do I want it to become a housework day, which is something else I never have enough time for!

My writing plan is my ‘big picture’ overview, where I’ve prioritised my projects and tried to mix things up a bit to keep my thinking fresh. I have a range of ideas from children’s novels, to picture books, to YA to write my way through, as well as trying to liven up my website and reach out to my readers.

And I am always learning new things about my craft – that takes time, too – and reading others’ books for enlightenment, as well as pleasure, is a vital part of being a writer.

In response to all this, I realised that I have to find a way to keep myself in line and not allow myself to be distracted by all the other shiny (and not so shiny) things around me.

A couple of weeks ago, I was panicking about setting goals for the year and I realised that things were getting out of hand. It was too easy to get overwhelmed with all the things I wanted to do, or thought I should do, and, in the end, I simplified it down to two words: Now and Decide. I will point out, however, that without all the other information I had underpinning this, these words are just words.

I also had to work out how to to implement the sentiments behind these words.

How, in other words, to get myself organised.