I teach graduate students. In person, except for times of pandemic. Now we’re finishing the semester remotely. It also means that we have to homeschool our 6 and 9 year olds.
All of this means that most things in my system are not obsolete or can be moved to a deep freeze bunker of text files.
It also means new organizational and motivational challenges.
- How to make sense of continual mess of assignments and activities that our kids teachers are throwing over the fence at us without any prioritization or recommended path to take.
- How to move all of my classes, which were discussion based, whiteboard heavy, and workshop activity heavy, onto zoom and any other online platforms.
- I’m very behind in grading assignments. Spring Break was supposed to be my catch-up time, but then the world ended.
- The daily routine of taking the kids to the bus stop, going to the gym, then going to the office, then going home, has been obliterated and has left everything all mixed up.
I’ve tried time blocking, but I’ve found that to be pollyanna at best, even in the most controlled circumstances. Now that I’ve got two elementary school kids, a wife who is WFH, and a job happening at the same time, there’s not a chance.
I’m trying to figure out if Things might be a better fit for the current circumstances than Omnifocus. OF is more of a database, where things is more of a todo list. But that’s probably just be my brain trying to trick me into switching again.
Also, all of my tags are suddenly obsolete.
I need to figure out how to bring some order to my day, some organization to the kids school activities, and some downtime back to my life.