Monday, October 14, 2013

Accountability Works for Me

I'm in recovery mode as I write, but in a good way.  This weekend was packed with activity: Friday's preparation for our house rental, Saturday's Homecoming celebration that culminated when my husband took me on a date (a date!) without kids (without kids!) to the PSU game (victory in quadruple overtime!), and then Sunday's family outing to a local farm.

Ultimately, as all weekends must do, this weekend's compounded awesomeness had to come to an end, and it did so last night at 8:00 p.m. when I surveyed the house and realized that a new week was almost upon us.  We still had to unpack our weekend bags, re-situate our belongings, and launder a mountain of towels and sheets from the rental.  I also still had a small pile of essays to grade.

Ah, those essays.

You see, last week I told my students that my goal was to return their papers on Monday.  I made this announcement because I knew it would force me to stick to my guns and deliver.  The same premise explains why I've blogged each day of October (because I told you that I would) and why I'm currently, even if slowly, building up my running stamina (because I promised a friend that I'd join her in her half-marathon pursuits.)

Without these measures, I'd probably be a non-grading, non-daily-blogging, non-running person with a procrastination and laundry problem, versus what I am today: a grading, blogging, running person with just a laundry problem.

Apparently, accountability works for me.  As does caffeine, which kept me going until the last essay was finished and I turned into bed at 1:15 a.m.  (A special shout-out to acknowledge the obnoxiously large sweet tea from McDonalds that I downed mid-afternoon.  Truly, I couldn't have done it without you.)

Accountability is sweet in so many ways.

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2 comments:

  1. First of all, the 365 Handstand Challenge absolutely cracks me up! (I knew somebody who worked up to doing 100 push ups by adding one every single day, and your 365 Challenge reminds me of that!)
    That's hard to commit to 365 days of ANYTHING! (The one reason I'm holding onto this blogging gig is that it's just 31 days. It's manageable.)
    Don't feel bad that you didn't keep up the handstands, Jennifer! It's OK. Give yourself grace. Just the fact that you did handstands, which is so randomly cool, is awesome.

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  2. Accountability is wonderful as long as we hold ourselves accountable to reasonable expectations! :-) That's my problem. I give myself to-do lists that are impossible to accomplish. Then I feel guilty for not completely finishing the tasks I set up for myself.

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