Resist the List

Today is my first official day of summer vacation.  I imagine that most people get excited about the freedom summer brings, the lack of an alarm clock and schedule.  The time to relax and just do nothing. Not me.  What I want to do this morning is grab some paper and a pen and create a list; A list of projects to do, plans to make, items to purchase, books to read, posts to write, places to visit.  You get the picture.  A long list.  A list that will make me feel productive all summer long.  A list that will guide me through the weeks ahead.  A list that will make me feel in control of my time. A list with items I can cross off as I go, and add to as I think of new things that need doing.

But….I’m not going to do it. Nope.  Not this week. I’m going to try something new.  I’m going to try (It won’t be easy.) to live in the moment, to go with the flow.  I’m going to try to see where the days will take me.  To be honest, I’m worried about trying this.  It feels like I will be floating in space, and I like to be tethered to something.  I like to get things done, and that might not happen if I don’t have a plan. But….I’m going to give it a try.

OK.  I’ve finished my writing.  I don’t have a list, so I can’t cross that off.  Now I don’t know what to do.  I guess I’ll just see where the day takes me.

If you don’t see a post from me next week, I guess you’ll know that I’m enjoying summer without a list! 

9 thoughts on “Resist the List”

  1. I love your title! And I know what you mean. Sometimes it is nice to just take a break from it all, however I am leaning towards the list too. I have so many goals that I can’t seem to get to when I am in the throes of a school year. Hoping to make some progress this summer!

  2. I woke up this morning thinking that usually at this time of year I have a long list of things to accomplish to prepare for the next school year. A plan of study for PD I’ll conduct, a coaching plan to map out, curriculum books to read and plan for… This year, our next year is still uncertain. I’d like to say I’m easy going and I go with the flow, but it’s not actually true. I’m a planner. I am going to make a list, I can’t help myself, but the list is going to be more about learning. It’s going to have more self-care and home care. So good luck with your non-list. I imagine the drift will take you towards some wonderful reading and eventually an empty notebook. See you soon.

  3. I’ve made the list and not gotten it done. That’s what happens with me. I think I’ll throw it away. Thanks for this advice. Ha! Good luck with your list-less summer.

  4. “Resist the list” is a worthy goal. I think teachers need to give themselves a break this summer after the shift to distance learning and so much change. You might be surprised how not having a list frees you to rest and embrace experiences you might have missed had you tethered yourself to a must-do list this summer.

  5. What no list for you- let’s see how long that lasts. I have a list already for today and on it is writing my post which I am late with! You deserve to relax after your important work during distance learning! Happy summer!

  6. I hope that you find the week without a list liberating. Enjoy just “being” instead of “doing.” For several years now all my breaks have only two things I wish to do – read and sleep, anything else that happens is a bonus, and the only lists that I write are gratitude lists. Good summers.

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