Sometimes I think that people don't take me seriously when I talk about how important it is to establish systems of organization. Organization is not a surface level event. It requires sets of skills, a depth of understanding, and a willingness to make changes and improvements.
I think it's fairly safe to say that most of us have felt the overwhelm and feelings of doom when we are in spaces that are cluttered, junky or in the space in which we are constantly overloaded with tasks. A few recent blog posts I've read on sites such as PsychCentral and ScaryMommy, I know they aren't scientific journals but, real people are sharing these serious emotional responses to too much stuff in spaces, too many things to manage, and not enough time in a day sort it all out.
These emotional responses affect us daily in our personal lives, and that overflows into our professional lives. One might think I'm making a lot of assumptions here, but... I know I'm not. I know how easy it is to be on top of thing one minute and slip into the abyss an hour later. I've been there! Many times!
An organized (teaching) life requires dedication and effort. It isn't easy. You know that --- and I know that! But it's possible to get yourself --- and your students --- set up for success. The impending feeling of doom when you enter your overwhelming spaces isn't normal, and we have to stop letting it be just that.
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