By now, with all of the ‘winding down’ that takes over, with children starting to get out of routine and all of the ‘end of year’ bits and bobs that start to emerge (and never seem to sink…) it feels like a large pile has plopped on top of us! Although the holidays loom luxuriously close, there is still a lot of work to be done and other things to consider.
So, if you, like me love Post-It notes (especially on my desktop = Stickies ☺ ) then now is the time to start that list of ‘must-do’s’ before and during the summer holidays!
1. Get to the bottom of that desk – now somewhere back in September, a dark wooden desktop was visible to the naked eye. It is now time to be ruthless. Get to that surface again. A great sorting method for paper is this: if I have not used it, looked at it, copied it or boxed it by now… BIN IT. Apply this rule to ALL pieces of paper. Oh, and NEXT year insist on digital copies. Use the ‘save the rainforest’ story.
2. Get to the bottom of that DESKTOP – i.e. computer desktop. Apply the same rule as above other than insisting on digital copies. I assume this to mean that you are not using the digital copy either! Sort things into folders, then put folders into folders e.g. reading resources, which then go with handwriting, writing etc. into a ‘Literacy’ folder. I also store in year and year level folders. Keeping 3 main folders on your desktop means you can actually find things easier, believe it or not!
3. Go through your resources – why wait till next year? You just know that all of the best plans of mice and men will NOT get you extra time in September to sort all of the stuff you neglected to sort through LAST September…again, be ruthless. We have the www people – we DO NOT need everything in hardcopy that the world ever created.
4. Go through your resource books – check the ones that you use all of the time and find a way of storing these so that they take priority. I have an inventory on my desktop (organised in a file folder), which has all of my resource books listed and categorised like a personal delicious.com menu! Nice and easy to find what I need! But to be honest, these get used less and less as the online resources are so exceptional nowadays.
5. Get your summer kit together – hat, sunnies, sunscreen, beach towel all necessities but what about some great reading material? You will be glad you have some when you are out sunning it and have a great book or eBook to enjoy! There are some fantastic reads around – make sure you mix in some professional reading that you don’t usually get around to as well!
6. Organise for a rainy day – plan for the one (!) rainy day by sorting out what you will get done – jump on Twitter and see what all of the hype is about if you haven’t already…explore sites like tpet.co.uk to find some resources for next year…get in touch with pals overseas on FaceBook or Bebo… sign up for Google Reader and start reading blogs for inspiration…start that blog that YOU wanted to write…
And most of all, have a great summer! You know that the 6 weeks will fly and before you know it, we will be back thinking about the beginning of a school year, not the end of one. You have worked hard and you deserve a wonderful, relaxing break. Enjoy!