After the dishwasher is emptied and my coffee is made, I started my morning brain dump. (Julia Cameron calls it "morning pages", but what I write isn't anywhere near as elegant as that term, nor the three page length she suggests--one page is all I have time for.)
Since it is the beginning of the school year--students start tomorrow--my mind is racing with the multitude of tasks that must be completed to get the library up and running. Clearing spaces, rearranging tables and materials and shelves, downloading and uploading Excel spreadsheets for ID badges--oh, and a schedule for the classes to come in for their pictures for those badges--cataloging materials, planning read-alouds, making the orientation lessons, finishing the bulletin board, reviewing the budget, working on required professional development, decorating the library (have to check with fire marshal regulations), and...and...and...
I look to the sticker I placed on my page. "Things take time."
I look back to my brain dump. What can reasonably be done today, knowing that my time will be punctuated with teacher requests and emails that will need answers? What will bring me closer to being ready for tomorrow?
Clear the space and rearrange tables and shelves.
Catalog the most needed materials.
Prep for badge-making.
That's it. If those three things get done, I can breathe a bit easier when students arrive tomorrow. If I can shelve some books to clear even more space, that would be icing on the proverbial cake.
I tell myself to breathe and keep breathing. Things take time. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will the 21-22 library program.
(On a related note...I am looking forward to ordering my 2022 Plum Paper Vertical Priorities planner with a space to list three must-do tasks each day. I think it will be balm for my frazzled spirit.)