You can always tell how stressed I am by looking at my desk. Does it looks like an avalanche in the making, ready to bury the unsuspecting passerby? Then you know I am a little stressed. Though to be fair I may just be going through a creative streak.
I know it is bad when my students offer to clean my desk off. When I am working on a new unit, I can tune out all distractions. The papers multiply, the book stacks grow taller, until either I come up for breath or my principal threatens to take my laptop away.
You see this is the first laptop I have had for school. It arrived the last of October and she told me she wouldn’t give it to me until I had my desk cleared off. It took me a week to dig out from under the piles of paper. I feel good that I managed to control the chaos until now. Three months people could see that there was a desk.
Right now the stacks are making me uncomfortable. They are growing taller. I can play hide and seek and no one would find me. I keep telling myself I need to take baby steps combined with action, instead of just reading FlyLady’s blog http://www.flylady.com/. She teaches people how to move from chaos to order. I read her posts hoping to bring order to my life and not just because she is funny.
I know the paper monster is lurking, hidden within the stacks. Waiting for that unsuspecting soul to walk by triggering an avalanche. Where to start? Hmm – I really don’t want to deal with the paper monster right now. I think I’ll go and play with some new ideas for class next week.