But more seriously, I have done best in my life when I put my greatest priority first thing on the morning, when I had most energy and least likeliness of procrastinating. I made my best progress on my dissertation when I put in a morning session, and I can power through more grading early with coffee than late and with grumpiness. And, alas, if I blog in the morning, that might be the only thing I accomplish that day.
So I am thinking hard about next year's schedule, which we are finalizing right now based on this year's. I teach every morning at 9, which has its advantages, not least of which is that I remember to come in on time. But I often have to get up early to have the energy to finish the last of the grading, and I am not able to prioritize any sort of workout --- I haven't done yoga or even stretched for months. This is bad. I already struggle with my weight and my love of food and my habit of eating while bored or while grading, plus I am always smunched up in a chair. But I can't get myself to bed early enough to get up early enough to do a workout and a shower and still make it to school on time. And if I don't force myself to exercise then, when will I? It is not exactly like I love it.
I had a year where I taught every day at 10 and was magically able to do yoga and/or jump rope 3 times a week. And that was the weird magical time when I somehow managed to comment on about half of the homework paragraphs during each class, which I think also really helped free up some time. But I digress from my point, which is hardly a point at all except that I really only have the willpower to do one annoying thing after the indignity of having to get up. I would like to take better care of myself, but I mostly like the teaching aspect of my current schedule. Hmm. I will probably go along with inertia and make the decision through inaction ---- which is pretty much the point of this whole post.