Here's a list of my current priorities, listed relatively in their order of time and work they consume in my life, from highest priority to lowest priority
here's the priority list i'd like to display
chris needs to be second in my life. he is my new husband, and if that's all i can give him, it's what i'll do. there is absolutely no reason for him to come behind school and my two jobs. he is my second. this means spending time with him, catering to him, making sure our house is a comfortable place for him, etc.
work needs to stay near the top. this means ut southwestern work, as it's my primary job. i've been feeling very overwhelmed the past three weeks, but i really feel i'm getting a hold on things and am finally above water. i don't doubt that it will creep down the list as i don't feel as stressed about things.
school work is next. i still need to devote solid blocks of time with it, but there are more important things. meaning, essentially, that prayer and chris are definitely more important than school when you get down to the nitty gritty.
teaching is below school. luckily, i can calm down a little bit now that the first week is over, and it really won't be much work for me. i need to develop a powerpoint presentation for each week, which will take a few hours, but i can work on that over my lunch breaks at work and not have this cut much into my home time.
housework needs to be the last thing on my list. seriously. as i was told by my friend, the dishes don't always need to be washed immediately. the carpets don't have to be immaculate. i'm a newlywed, and i have other obligations.
so. it's one thing to say that i need these changes to happen. it's another to make them happen. it's not going to be easy, and it's going to take sacrifice on my part. which mainly means doing things that i'm not used to, or in a manner that i'm not accustomed to. here's what i think it'll take
- better time management. setting aside solid blocks of time to work on things like schoolwork will make me feel good about getting them done, without cutting into time reserved for other things.
- staying up later. it's not as big of a deal as it sounds. i usually go to bed around 9:30 (i know, i know...), and i need to stay up later in order to get everything done. when things are DONE, i feel much better about myself and my household.
- work during my lunch break. but not on work, on things like preparation for class, or homework. utilizing that hour a day at work will give me more time at home to be with chris and care for the house.
- exercise. there's a gym at my apartment complex, it's ridiculous that i haven't used it yet. chris gets up at 5:30, and i should get up at that time too, if only to spend 30 minutes on the treadmill. i was doing so well, and felt so good about myself, i do not need to hit a rut yet.
- get into a morning prayer time. i've done things like read a book while i'm on the elliptical or stationary bike, why not have it be the bible? one time i actually prayed the entire time i was on the elliptical. it made the time go fast, and i prayed for so many people and issues that i normally don't, when i whip out a quick 30-second prayer.