I also do well with a certain amount of structure and routine. There's a place for my keys, and a place for my sunglasses, and the fact that I'm not sure where my new reading glasses are right now is 100% due to not yet having a place for them. I lay out my clothes the night before, I keep a shopping list on the fridge that's updated as we notice we're missing something, and I refill my prescriptions when there's a week's worth left.
I show up for work on time (cutting it awfully close, usually, but still--ON TIME) and I work whatever schedule I'm given. Block schedule with five different courses? Sure. X-schedule with an a short elective at the end of the day? I'll do my best. Six periods of one course? Seven periods and three courses? Whatever. I have my preferences, but I'll make it all work.
I can't follow a reading plan for the life of me. Even when I keep it super loose. For example, right now I should choose my next book(s) from one of these categories:
- The summer reading list I drew up FOR MYSELF in early June
- Books that fit the VERY VERSATILE Pop Sugar challenge list
- Any of the 37 books I have checked out from the library currently
- The book my mother-in-law gave me for my birthday
- The book my late mother's best friend wrote
- Any of the approximately 100 books from my classroom library I stashed at my house for the summer
- Any of the dozen professional books I want to either read or re-read
So what do I do? Obviously, I either go to the library and get a DIFFERENT book, or I read a book and then decide I have to immediately read all the sequels, or I start flipping through a book at someone's house and then decide to see if it's on audio or ebook at the library so I can keep reading it at home. You get the picture. It's like I resent having all these great books (all but two of which I CHOSE FOR MYSELF) available and need to find something different.
Okay, so often I choose a book from one of those many categories I already have available too, but I do so with a huge sense of doing something virtuous. "See! Here I am making good use of my resources and following my self-imposed rules!"
It's weird. It's also why I never got into the ARC thing--I don't want to be freaking obligated to read anything. I read for fun, and deadlines and expectations make it not fun.
Such a rebel.