The 'big' holidays are 13 get ups away and it is now time to start to think about what we want to do with them. My usual tactic is to get horrendously drunk on the final Friday of term, have a hangover that lasts a week and then go on holiday to Spain to drink Sangria for 7 days and eat copious amounts of Lays crisps. I then spend the rest of the holidays trying to shift the half a stone I've put on through said Sangria and Lays and kind of worry about September while not doing very much apart from playing Mario Karts and spending money I haven't got. And napping, of course.
Not this year though, oh no. Well, apart from the going to Spain, Sangria, Lays, naps, Mario Karts part. Ok, and maybe the getting drunk on the final Friday BUT not horrendously wipe myself out for days type way. This year I'm thinking ahead...
Making a Plan
I'm approaching the 6 weeks with more awareness than previous years. This is because I know what I'm like. I have ideas of the all the books I want to read, all the places I'm going to visit and the projects I'm going to start. Yet, inevitably, very little of this happens due to the events in paragraph one. I drift into the season of sun with high hopes and aspirations and then wash up in September wishing I'd just taken the time to think this precious time through a little more. So this year, you've got it dear reader; I'm making a PLAN.
My first step is to do what I kind of do for school, if and when I actually sit down to do it, and create an overview of the holidays (I am aware of all the dos in this sentence). We 'design' our kids' curriculum and 'schedule' our other teacherly duties, so I'm going to 'produce' an overview of my holidays. This can be done in various ways but I'm going to 'go about it' in the old fashioned way - a piece of A3 paper and some coloured pens. In fact, I'm going to start 'creating' this in about five minutes.
I'm going to:
1. Draw out the six weeks ( you can spreadsheet, table it, whatever)
2. Make it into a calendar with big boxes for every damn wonderful day
3. Fill in my holidays and events
4. Probably draw a few pictures and smiley faces
5. Sit back and admire
Right, off to 'do' it now.
See you tomorrow for Step Two - what to fill those boxes with (in addition to naps).