This semester has been a particularly challenging one. I am teaching seven classes at four universities and these classes span from 8 AM to 6:45 PM. I leave at 7 or 8 AM every day and don’t get home until 6:00-7:30. A particularly difficult day of the week is Wednesday, not because I have more work to do than the other days of the week, but because I end my teaching day on Tuesdays at 6:45 PM at a university that is 30-40 minutes from my house and then have to be back at another university to teach at 8 AM Wednesday morning. It’s the turnaround that kills.
All I wanted this morning was more sleep, more rest. While I love teaching and having work outside of the home, I also recharge when I am at home. So, when I have about two hours of dinner, dishes, and maybe some reruns of Seinfeld or The Office before I crash for 7-8 hours and wake up to start all over again, I get a little depleted.
I’m not going to lie: there are some days that I sink into the exhaustion and bad mood that plague my Wednesdays. I feel sorry for myself, bitter about my schedule, and so on. But today, when I felt tired from minute one and felt a powerful draw to just check out, I decided instead to gently repeat to myself: “Just put one foot in front of the other.”
I got up. I got dressed. I ate breakfast. Hell, I even put laundry in the washing machine AND transferred it to the dryer before I left. I taught my 8 AM class and completed my daily goal for grading and lesson prep. And look, I’m even writing a blog post after so long (pats self on back)! I’ve been drinking my water and getting up to take a stroll around the halls when I find myself getting fidgety due to my desire to nap.
There will certainly be Wednesdays in the future when the exhaustion creeps back in, but sometimes we only need one good, productive day to serve as a reminder that all it takes is one foot in front of the other to get through even the worst midweek workdays.