ELA teachers, in particular, spend more hours than others working beyond school hours, with the exception of athletic coaches and yearbook advisors. I speak from experience on that. Providing effective feedback for writing takes time. I won't short change my students by cutting back on the amount of time I spend reading and editing their work. So, my decision making spills over to my home life. I think humans must reach a saturation point at which making too many decisions creates the inability to make a decision at all. That's when it is time to step back and renew.
A student recently gave me a bonsai kit as a gift. How timely is this message she sent me. Bonsais require slowness and patience. So do I. I mis-read the instructions and soaked the seeds too long, so I am hopeful the little tree waiting to emerge will still be able to do so. The message of this gift is not lost on me. My to-do list will be much shorter this year. 1. Rest 2. Observe 3. Repeat. 4. Renew.