One of my college roommates had a unique way of waking up every morning.
After the alarm rang, she would stay in bed for another 10 to 15 minutes, moving one muscle group at a time. She liked to avoid the shock of the cold floor.
At the time, I thought she was, well, overdoing it. But now I think she had a point.
The change from summer to the school year is all around us. Young parents walk with their children on the street, each clutching a bag of school supplies. One couple, out to dinner, was accompanied by 3 children. 2 looked to be school age. The preschooler was playing with a replica of a yellow school bus. A few leaves are turning. Some have even fallen. The days are cooler, and at night it’s almost time to close the windows.
Where I live, in an area with 5 colleges, moving out of and into apartments started weeks ago. All the leases at my apartment complex begin September 1st, so the biggest U-Haul days are August 31st and September 1st. Need furniture? Just stop by.
New scheduling information is appearing more and more frequently in the paper, in radio announcements, in newsletters, and on websites.
How do you deal with that?
Upheaval makes me feel unsettled. Never mind that I have a place to live. I guess all the times I’ve moved in the past are coming to the surface.
What are your plans?
My ambitions and reality could mesh better.
Initially I had thought I would be way ahead choosing church music by September. I’m not. But today I chose anthems for the month of September. That’s progress!
I often feel overwhelmed. After a while, it becomes easier to break big ambitions down into small tasks. For example, today I needed to make several phone calls. It worked really well to gather the information I needed, my appointment book, my phone, a pen and paper to take notes on, then sit on the couch until the list of calls was completed. Looking around for separate information for each call would have taken much longer.
This is what I’ve discovered during August:
- I’m not perfect.
- I needed some rest after several busy months.
- If I keep the big picture in mind, accomplishing small parts of that works.
My goal for now
My first busy day, as far as I know, will be Wednesday, September 5th. I want to feel ready to go, not like I’m suddenly in the deep end of the pool.
So I’m knocking off one thing at a time this week, including 2 appointments, fitting in dinner with a friend (because later on we’ll both be busier), completing forms and copying a pile of attachments to update a prior application, looking ahead at church bulletins (even if I don’t actually choose music), and practicing more.
I’m also making sure to get enough sleep. And there’s always the US Open!
How do you make the transition between seasons? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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