Best Advice Ever, according to my mother

My mother is a tough woman. I mean, don’t get me wrong. She’ll make you whatever you want for your birthday dinner, and water your planets when you’re out of town (if you ask nicely). But she is no-nonsense, of the best sort.

With her, there is no such thing as a good excuse. And that’s where I learned my best advice ever.

Get ready. It’s a big one.
You always have time for the thing you do first.

That might sound pretty ridiculous, and pretty obvious, too, and when you’re a 14-year-old kid who just wants to hide in the bathroom and read all day instead of completing your mandatory chore list before your mom comes home, you can’t even listen to it seriously. She says, “You always have time for the things you do first!” and you hear, “Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah,” like Charlie Brown’s teacher.

But as I got older, and my time management became my responsibility and mine alone, I thought,
“Hmmm…maybe there’s something to that.”
I started scheduling my day starting with the most important and essential tasks. I went to sleep thinking about what I was going to do first the next day, and when I woke up, I was ready to get started! I had the right mental attitude, and what’s more, I had enough time to do the thing I was supposed to do!
People, it’s true. And it works!
It works at home:
You do the chore you are least excited about but must be done. You save the Seinfeld-watching until later (let’s just assume this is the best-case scenario).
It works at school:
You teach the subject you are least excited about first! You know you’ll get to writing (if you love writing) and you know you’ll get to science (if you love science), but if you really don’t love math, consider putting it first.
You do not enjoy grading the kids’ notebook entries, so instead of putting it off, you do it as soon as they go to PE. You know, first! First in your conference period!
What?! And after you do it, you’re done! With that horrible task you didn’t want to do! And you have the rest of your conference period to do whatever else you need to do! (I’m pretending the world is perfect, and you don’t have 900 meetings during your conference period.) And you don’t have to take them home!
So the next time you see your day stretching before you, and you think of those tasks you really don’t want to do, and the remote calls to you, saying, “Seinfeld is on Hulu!” just say, “I’ll get to you later! You always have time for the things you do first!”
I know it’s pretty duh advice, but really, if you try it, you might feel better about what you accomplish.

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  1. So true Chrissy! Whenever the day is gone and I realize I didn't do what I needed to do, I think of your mom saying that and I just think, "I did this to myself!" I'm the worst procrastinator. Some days are better than others. Today was good though. The "first" mentality worked! Baby on my hop and everything. I got it done. This philosophy works so well in the classroom,especially when organizing your room and planning before the kids come.

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