Do you ever feel overwhelmed? By all of the things?
Some of my stats.
- My current pile of “to read” titles on Goodreads sits at 138. And as discussions on Heavy Medal heat up, the pile grows.
- My weekly classes number at 15. We are a school that changes curriculum from year to year, so planning is ongoing and constant.
- The number of folks I follow on twitter comes in at 864. The vast majority of them are educators/librarians/authors and I am very interested in what they have to say.
- If I can’t get to a professional conference, I try to follow the back channel. Some of the hashtags I am following on top of twitter followers are #penla13 #sljsummit #teacherlibrarian #readadv #edchat
This list doesn’t even include all of the weekly trolling I do to try to find edtech that matches my curriculum, the extra bits you chip in with when you are part of a school community, plus a leadership role with regard to PD.
Every now and again, as professionals, we need to sit back and weed some of the things. I’m not just talking about our collections either. Weeding outdated books is easy compared to culling down the list of all of the things that we want to do. How often do you take stock of “all of the things”? What is necessary? What can you let go of? I often tell new librarians that it is important to be okay with the fact that it is impossible to do it all. I just have to remember to practice what I preach!