Since last week’s post was so long, I thought I’d keep this one short and sweet.
Getting as much stuff ready the night before is a lesson that I begrudgingly learned over too long a period of time. There are a number of reasons why getting ready the night before is super helpful in the substitute world. Some examples are:
- I am not a morning person. I am cranky and slow in the morning. Sometimes it’s a wonder I even brush my hair. My priority is getting out the door on time. Having everything ready makes the morning feel less awful.
- Some schools start at 9am. Some schools start at 8am. Some schools are 10 minutes away. Some schools are 60 minutes away. The amount of time I have at home in the morning is in constant flux, so sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the morning to get everything ready.
- A lot of substitute calls come at 6 in the morning. I don’t know why the system is working in a way that wakes people up in a panic to an unexpected phone call (I get that sometimes early morning calls are unavoidable, but most of the times they’re not) but it is and sometimes all I have time for is a spray of dry shampoo and to grab the stuff I packed the night before just in case.
So, what are the things I do the night before?
- Pack my lunch and have it waiting in the fridge (and if I don’t get a supply call, I can even leave it for the next day!)
- Get my outfit ready. I’m sure for most guys, choosing clothing in the morning isn’t as big a deal as it is for most gals, but for myself it was a big time-waster. Now, it’s hanging on the closet door waiting for me (and if I don’t get a supply call, I can even leave it for the next day!)
- Make sure my bag is packed. You already know what I have deemed to be a necessity in a teacher’s bag, so I check to make sure I have everything I need and restock anything I may have used (usually just my tomato juice and the occasional protein bar that ends up in there).
- Set my coffee maker to start brewing before I have to wake up. That way, I wake up to the smell of coffee, I don’t have to waste time or money buying coffee on my way to school, and I avoid the horrors of going to a school that is nowhere near a Tim Hortons. (and if I don’t get a supply call, I can drink coffee in bed!) Personal exception; Fridays I treat myself.
- Set my phone to “Phone Calls Only”. This way, any early morning calls will go through, but any text or Facebook notifications will stay silent.
On the rare occasions when I am an irresponsible adult (i.e.: frequently) I will forget to get gas in my car, so there are also times that I will leave myself a post-it note on my phone that says “GAS!” to remind myself to leave a few minutes early and gas up my car.
It has taken me a while to get this proactive about getting ready in the morning the night before, but I really appreciate and enjoy how organised and pulled-together it makes me feel. It makes a vast difference for the mornings when you are called at 6:30 to be at school for 7:50 and when you get there the teacher you’re replacing has left you bare-bones plans. At least you’re caffeinated!