As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am finding life rather stressful at the moment. Not as stressful as someone in essential services of course, but having difficulty keeping control of my schedule is very difficult for a Type A person like me.
Usually I sit down every Sunday and double check all my bookings for the coming week. These are in a Burde week-on two-pages vertical layout in my personal sized ring organiser. Pink highlighter denotes group teaching in the Swedish Riksdag that lasts more than three hours at a time. Blue highlighter denotes group teaching in the Swedish Government Offices that lasts more than three hours at a time. The rest are individual clients.
Behind the week-on-two-pages inserts are page-per-day inserts where I write daily to dos. Over the past months I write the next day’s to dos the evening before.
Behind the two calendars are lined note pages where I have wish lists, vocabulary lists of words to add to the textbook I produce, various bits and bobs.
What is really difficult during these corona times is that some lessons are online, some are face-to-face (at a distance, of course). These lessons can change from one to the other at any time, with short or no notice. So if I have three face-to-face lessons in a row in different places and one changes to an online lesson, I often have to rush around trying to find a room to have the online lesson. Some of my clients are very kind and offer me an empty conference room or their own office for that hour or two. I work on several different platforms – Skype, Teams, Zoom, Kudo etc – so have to switch between them for meetings – and as we all know, technical glitches often happen with people not being able to get in to meetings etc etc. *sigh*
I really have to take it day by day, and for me that is really hard. I instinctively want to know how my week will look, what I need to pack in my bag (computers, chargers) – in advance. Now I cannot do that so I prepare for every eventuality and carry everything everywhere. And I confirm and re-confirm as much as possible.
I guess this whole pandemic has been a lesson to the world to take things day by day and not stress about things you cannot change.