I realize this is not earth-shattering advice, but the 18-year-old version of myself thought it was genius. I have tried to carry that advice into my professional career. I will not take work home for vacations. Occasionally, I try to do the same for weekends. I make lists, I cross things off, and I use my time on the job as efficiently as possible. I have turned into a true anti-procrastinator.
Last friday, I left my classroom for Spring Break with all the grading complete, plans laid out for the following week, and a clean desk. I
I love my job, and I want to be good at it. It actually takes effort to NOT sit around mentally evaluating my grading system or how I can do a better job teaching properties for logarithms or what I should do for an end of the year project in Calculus. But I am convinced these mental breaks make me a better teacher. So I give myself permission.
Thank you, Mr. College Professor. I am not sure I remember all the identifying characteristics of the various architectural styles, but you taught me how to relax.