Wednesday, March 21, 2018


In When It is OK to Miss a Day: Stop The Presses for Your Priority Person from Cool Cat Teacher Blog by, Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher,  gets right to the heart of things once again!

“Do you have a priority that you’re willing to stop everything else to do? Is that priority a person? Have you stopped the presses lately for that person? If not, why not? If not, why not now?”

Once I get on a roll, I hate to miss a day once it becomes a habit.

For example:

I’ve logged in my meals to for 449 days in a row without missing a day!

I’ve posted on this blog Monday through Friday since September 2007 and rarely miss a day.

I was walking and getting my 10,000+ steps 7 days a week before recently deciding that my feet need a break, so I’ve reduced to just 5 days a week.

I did the Photo-A-Day project and didn’t miss a day last year. To keep from getting tired of the project, I only participate it on odd numbered years.

I think my problem is that I’m afraid once I stop, I won’t get back into my routine.

I almost feel like it is an obsession and I have to talk to myself about this sometimes.

I don’t think I will stop logging in my food because it helps me and I’m losing weight. I don’t think my continued logging hurts anything or anybody.

I can schedule posts in the future so I plan for this when we are camping or traveling when I’m afraid I won’t have the internet. This is a good way to make our traveling a priority and still post regularly.

I don’t have a specific plan for walking and just try to keep track that I walk at least 5 days a week. This gives me some flexibility when I’m not in the mood or I have something planned.

I decided to do the photo project every other year because I started getting stressed out if I wasn’t able to post my picture every day. This past year, I allowed myself to post the pictures on other days as long as I had taken the photo each day.

There are many times when I’m involved with a project when my husband wants me to do something else. At times, I feel irritated about being interrupted but then I ask myself that if he died suddenly, would I regret not doing what he wanted to do. This always puts things into perspective because he always takes priority

This would be a good discussion for my students. What people take priority in their life? At what point are they willing to risk everything for this person? This might help them see their relationships with their peers and family in perspective.

What are your priorities and how do you deal with them? Please share.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Bullet Journaling

In What Questions Do You Ask Yourself Every Day? From  Cool Cat Teacher Blog by, Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher, asks,

So, your challenge today is to examine the questions you’re asking yourself now. When can you ask yourself those questions for maximum impact?

At the beginning of the year, I make yearly goals and review the at the end of every month.

I started using a bullet journal about a year ago and it has helped me reflect on my day and meet goals that I want to achieve. I also like decorating my bullet journal because it makes me happy.

I set up a monthly page and then weekly pages. I put down daily goals in the morning and reflect on these at the end of the day. At the beginning of the week, I list weekly goals and at the end of the week, I see whether I have met my goals.

Questions that I ask myself are:
1.     What do I want to accomplish this month?
2.     What do I want to accomplish this week?
3.     What do I want to accomplish this day?
4.     What have I accomplished?
5.     What did I not do and why?
6.     What needs to be pushed into the future?

I think reflecting is very important because it helps me be a better person. It helps me be more productive and able to do the things that I want to do. When I reflect on my acoomplishments, it makes me feel proud of myself.

This would be a great for my students to do. It would help them be more productive and help build up their self-concept.

What questions do you ask yourself? In what format do you use to do this? Please share.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bad Days Happen

“Since then, however, I’ve discovered some great strategies to lesson those negative emotions and invite more happiness into the day – before leaving school, and not only has it been good for me, but my family has benefitted as well.”

I thought this was a great practice to have and I thought it would be great to help students practice this. I think it should be done at the end of the day. Reflect on the day before I go to bed. By doing this, I don’t beat myself over things that didn’t go well but rather think about ways to help tomorrow be better. This helps me remember that I have control over my actions and no other people’s actions.

Sam gives three good ideas on this and I wanted to add some other suggestions.

Think about three things that went well. Also think about why these things went well. These do not have to be about work but also in my personal life also.

Think about one thing that didn’t go well and how I could have done things differently. I think it is important to be prepared and in case this situation occurs again, I will be prepared to act differently.

Think about one thing that I wish I had more time to do today. If I consciously think about it, maybe I will make time for it tomorrow.

Think about one thing that made me smile today. Remembering the good things is a good way to end my reflection about the day. It leaves a good memory to sleep on.

What do you do to make things better when bad days happen? Pleases share.