One of the worst things about being a teacher is getting a long summer vacation.
This is me before the summer:
I have so much free time coming up! So much that I can get done! I'll finish all of my lesson plans for next semester, right down to the Powerpoints and quizzes, so I can do minimal prep work during the semester. I'll clean every inch of our apartment, including underneath the stovetop (which probably hasn't been cleaned since it was installed). I'll organize old paperwork and clean up my electronic files, deleting what I don't need anymore, and scanning in any new items. I'm going to write blog posts and even create a schedule for blogging during the school year. I'm going to be so productive!
This is me during summer:
Well, I've finished watching TV and I've played Bejeweled for awhile. I should probably get started on lesson planning, but a nap sounds so much better...
Sometimes too much free time is a bad thing. It makes me lazy. I can't really wrap my head around the fact that in about 15 days, I'll have to start waking up at 5 a.m. again so I can study for my master's in the morning and then work all day.
To be fair, I did clean under the stovetop last week and I am writing this blog post right now, so that's something, but I need to get motivated if I want to accomplish anything else during this summer vacation. At the very least, I need to get my lessons organized for this semester, though realistically, that will probably happen in between naps and Downton Abbey...
How do you unwind during summer break? Have you found any methods for motivating yourself to get work done during long vacations from school?