December Doldrums

  1. Anyone else feeling December Doldrums? I am totally unmotivated and can only think about what I plan to do over winter break! I have a few projects to wrap up, and work can *always* be found, but I front loaded my year and now I feel like I'm just waiting for winter break - haha!

    It also got me wondering if there is any research out there about the stresses of the school cycle.
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  3. by   Flare
    i have been so sick the past few weeks that i just can't motivate myself. I'm getting my baseline work done and some of the constants done, but beyond that i could just put my head down on the desk and sleeeeep. Shhh... don't disturb the nurse with your petty complaints while she's napping. I walked by one of the kinder classes the other day and seriously thought about curling up along with them.
  4. by   BiscuitRN
    I've got a pile of paperwork wanting to be sorted away that somehow keeps growing each week. I also was sick the last 2 weeks which slowed me down. This month seems to be filled with lots of activities, before school breakfasts, concerts, recitals, etc. LOTS of distractions!
  5. by   ruby_jane
    Hang in there, y'all!!!
  6. by   jnemartin
    I was also sick over Thanksgiving, and I'm just feeling back to normal this week. That has definitely contributed to my lack of motivation!
  7. by   jnemartin
    Quote from BiscuitRN
    I've got a pile of paperwork wanting to be sorted away that somehow keeps growing each week. I also was sick the last 2 weeks which slowed me down. This month seems to be filled with lots of activities, before school breakfasts, concerts, recitals, etc. LOTS of distractions!
    Honestly, I am SO GLAD I am not the only one with a procrastination pile. Haha! I was just reading this article about how to manage the stress of a school year and one tip was to assign tasks to a day - like Fridays are file random paperwork days. I am going to try that!

    Here's the article I read: How to End the 24/7 Teacher Stress Cycle | Teach 4 the Heart

    I also do #1, which is have a routine for the first things you do when arriving to work, and the final things you do before leaving. That's helpful, too
  8. by   NutmeggeRN
    Quote from Flare
    i have been so sick the past few weeks that i just can't motivate myself. I'm getting my baseline work done and some of the constants done, but beyond that i could just put my head down on the desk and sleeeeep. Shhh... don't disturb the nurse with your petty complaints while she's napping. I walked by one of the kinder classes the other day and seriously thought about curling up along with them.
    Call me crazy, but have you been to your PCP??
  9. by   Flare
    yeah - i'm finishing up my Z pack. I don't get sick often but when I do it hits me like a herd of buffalo.
  10. by   MHDNURSE
    It's funny, I have felt this way for the past several weeks. Thought it was just me, but am hearing from many people that they have all sort of hit their wall. A lot like how I feel late May when I am just over it and ready for Summer, LOL.
  11. by   LikeTheDeadSea
    Based on the research of comments from this thread, YES, there is data that all of us feel this way!
  12. by   SaltineQueen
    for sure! I have some things that I should do & lots that I could do...but I just don't want to. I've had a really good year, don't have any complex kiddos, and my visits are way down. Makes for some long, slow days.
  13. by   AdobeRN
    December is always the worst for me - we go on Thanksgiving break come back and count down begins for Xmas break in 3 weeks - I don't want to do anything during the 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Xmas break.

    Jan & Feb are also usually pretty slow for me - not in a student illness kind of way but with all the administrative stuff we are required to do - I have all of my administrative stuff done by December so Jan & Feb can have long, boring days at times. It will ramp back up with me at end of March when I start getting stuff ready for the next school year, kinder registration etc.
  14. by   Farawyn
    I'm
    Not
    Motivated.

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