Deadlines and Stress 9.7.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

So, today I realized that my employee health benefits information was due today at 5:00 pm. Since you don’t know me, you don’t know that I am not good at stuff like this, but I’m telling you, I’m not good at stuff like this. I am thankful for my wife because she keeps track of these kind of details. Today was the first day I had to switch my health benefits. I was going to leave my “Cadillac” plan to join the HSA because of the difference in price. I was nervous because for 21 years I have had the same plan, and it worked.  The deadline was 5:00 pm, and I was ready to fill out the online form around 11:00 am, but my computer didn’t cooperate. The ability to log on to my computer became an obstacle because of a server error. Yes, I could have used another computer, but my passwords were on my computer through a 3rd party app. This is a long story, but the overall all picture was me not being able to log on to my computer and fill out the online form for my health benefits.

Panic set in because I needed to be in a meeting at 11:45 am. Now, stress entered the equation. Once again, you don’t know me, but I don’t get too stressed about many things.  I went to the meeting thinking when I returned that my computer would be working. While at the meeting, I ran into another stressful situation – an angry adult. This individual was not particularly anger with me, but he was just angry, so his disposition weighed on me. Now, I am worried about a deadline, my computer, and this stressful person. The goal was to get through this obstacle and be ready for my next class, which meant to “put a smile back on my face” so I could do my job and keep the students comfortable. I was able to do that, but now it was 2:00 pm, and I hadn’t completed my deadline and my computer was still not working.

After dealing registering some Chromebooks to students, it was 2:30 pm, and there was a faculty meeting. I will not torture you with the details of the meeting, but one day I will! By this time, I was able to find another way to fill out the online form, but I was still stressing about the angry individual I encounter earlier and my computer. The deadline was reached before I left school, and my computer was fixed as well. The stress of the angry person lasted until the next morning. I resolved the issue, which was mainly mental stress, before I started the next school day. I’m still behind with my journal entry, but I’m getting close to be current! 

Lessons learned today:

  1. Read my emails a little more carefully.
  2. Pay attention to deadlines more.
  3. Avoid certain people if at all possible.
  4. Always have a back up plan.
  5. Never let them see you sweat.

All of the above lessons are thins I already know, but today seem to be a struggle for me. It has to be the overall “getting back into the routine” thing. Well, at least this is what I writing down for this entry.

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