A pleasant trip this week to Chehalis to see my mom, no student papers to grade (yet), my corrected manuscript of SPARROW to return to Writers & Books (in the mail as of 3:30), a productive morning in the potting shed, and sunshine conspired to make me feel buoyant by this afternoon. Friday, sitting in my EvCC office and almost caught up with my on-line classes, I decided to list 10 things I can do to make that space work better for me and my increasingly twitchy eyes.
- move the computer monitor so it isn’t against the bright window
- move my desk so when students come to visit we have a writing surface between us
- set up a designated “empty” space where I don’t stack papers and books
- give away one box of books (now half full)
- get a second monitor so I can switch between on-line course windows more easily (I have a colleague who keeps telling me I should do this)
- ask for a consultation about posture and chairs (these are available, I understand)
- organize my on-line print outs into clearly labeled notebooks
- make an appointment with my eye clinic to get a prescription for computer-only glasses (I’m told these really help…I have variegated lenses)
- download that freedom app. that locks one out of the internet for a designated time (I’ve read about this…a little afraid to try it)
- choose one thing on this list and actually carry through on it
It felt good.