It’s summer. Well, not technically. From the astronomical perspective, summer begins on June 21 at 10:07 UTC (which would be 3:07am here in my time zone in California). But the school year is over for me, so it’s Teacher Summer.
Every year, around this time, friends ask me what my plans are for the summer. Every year, I say something like just sit around and relax. And every year, when school is ready to start again, I feel unaccomplished, like there was so much more I wanted to do before the school year starts.
At some point in the next few days, I need to sit down and write out a list of goals for the summer. I don’t want to try to take on too much, but I also should include a few goals that are a little ambitious, or at least out of my comfort zone. If I actually write these down or make some kind of formal statement that these are my goals, then I am more likely to actually accomplish them, or at least put more effort into attempting to do so. I say this every year at the start of summer, and every year around New Year’s Day-ish, but then I rarely do.
I have before, and writing goals down has actually motivated me to do them in the past. I was about to tell a story about a time when I made a goal for myself that was quite far out of my comfort zone, but I actually did it. However, I then discovered that I’ve told this story before on here a long time ago, and alluded to it on multiple occasions. For that matter, I’ve had several other posts like this where I say I need to make some goals… and then I don’t.
So, friends, start bugging me about this. Remind me to come up with a list of goals. I don’t know yet if I can promise that I’ll share them on here. If I know you well, I may be willing to share them privately with you. But the important thing is that this needs to get done. So keep reminding me.