...because I work for 5 separate "districts."
Bummer, right? There aren't many downsides to working for myself from home, but this is certainly one of them. One of my virtual charter schools had spring break two weeks ago, and the rest have spring break this week. In sum, I never really got a spring break.
That being said, I serve three students at the school in session this week, so that's two and a half hours out of my typical 35. Not too, too shabby. ;)
For being a tele-therapist, though, I've gotten super lazy about organizing my "office," because if it's out of the webcam's eye, my clients are none the wiser. (And I am none the cleaner.) So, my spring break has been a spring cleaning whirlwind of my house, office-included.
I'm sure you are no stranger to KonMari and her Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I, too, bought the book MONTHS ago (cough, August, cough-cough), but never got around to it. Half of my possessions were collecting dust in a storage unit, and I didn't want to half-heartedly clean what little pile I had outside of storage. When my other half and I moved into a rental house, I decided I would hop onto the Tidying Train...and yet another month went by.
But! To make a long-winded rant shorter, I will say that I have been KonMari-tidying my office this week, and so far, it's looking better! It's mostly saying "does this spark joy for my students?" and "does this spark joy for targeting a speech or language goal?" Because, let's be honest - I love my students and my job, but I don't necessarily think the mundane building-up-skills-before-we-figure-out-what-strategy-works-for-them is worthy of a joy spark. Maybe I'm wrong, but speech and language therapy is not all daisies and rainbows ALL the time. Just most.
I've retained most of my therapy belongings (I'm only two and a half years out of school and also a self-proclaimed minimalist), but I did get to rid myself of some materials I've collected (freebies = YAS when you're an SLP paying student loans. right!?). Surprisingly, these were mostly garage sale or thrift store finds that I was SURE I would use. It's really the freebies that have proven to be the most useful!
Also on the agenda this week? Digital tidying. I've been prepping for those long hours I'm going to need to log by listening to Note to Self while I'm sorting my office. I find this podcast super-relatable now that my livelihood is earned through technology. I hope you'll give Manoush a listen, because she holds my attention really well, and I find her topics interesting and engaging. Plus, I've got over 4,000 digital files solely dedicated to targeting speech and language goals. Yikes.
Are you a KonMari fan? Have you tried the spark joy method to tidying your office, or digital workspace?
The Cyber Speechie