I know this to be true. I rarely saw my father in the mornings while he was on active duty; the half-cup of coffee he left on the kitchen table was already cold by the time we were getting ready for school.
Most elementary educators I know are the same way. Many of my colleagues are at work by 630a, preparing for the day. I'm there by 710a to greet our fifth grade broadcast team.
The other day, I wrote a post about all the things I should be doing. Someone suggested that I write a list of things I am actually doing, and the Army commercial came to mind. So this is what I am getting done on workdays before 9a:
- Up by 430a, though it's been 410a this week.
- Make my coffee.
- Empty the dishwasher.
- Visit Sacred Space for a daily reading. (If you visit the site, be sure to turn on your sound; the music is soothing.)
- I've started the Chopra series of meditation for weight loss; takes about twenty-five minutes.
- Slicing or blogging--when it's not March, I blog about books on Mondays, Slice on Tuesdays, and blog about the library on Wednesdays. I try to read blogs and weed emails on Thursdays and Fridays.
- Check emails. When it's not Lent, this would be the time I'd pop on to Facebook and see what my friends are up to.
- Try to squeeze in some simple movement exercises, like joint rotations. (In a perfect world, I would be working out for a half hour; still working on that.)
- Get ready for work (shower, dress, breakfast, make lunch), at school by 710a.
- Monitor the broadcast team, check emails, pull books for teachers, check schedule, prep for lessons, catch up with my assistant, help students and parents who come in for books, pay bills, etc.
- First classes are in the library at 8a. By 9a, we've typically seen three to four classes.
I'm thinking elementary educators can give the Army a good run for this "get it done by 9a" routine; what do you think?