Going Left

I know I’m not the only one who will be going left after this week, when seemingly few things went right.  Let’s see, did all your print jobs appear at the copier…in less than twenty minutes?  Did the copier work once you got there – no?  Were you able to enter grades in BCPS One – and they were actually there the next day?  How about Word crashing just as you were about to put the finishing touches on your document – what, autosave didn’t catch that because you opened the document from email without saving?  Network issues prevented the video you carefully chose to accentuate your lesson from playing?  Has your new HP device mysteriously powered off and the troubleshooting sucked up minutes upon minutes of your – and other’s – precious time?  Maybe you even walked the heels off of your favorite shoes!?  …And did that student really just speak THAT way to me?

I’m going left, because there are great things over there – away from where nothing went right.  There is a huge line of students overflowing from the lecture hall, reading lines and chattering excitedly about auditioning for the fall play.  World Language students are eagerly using new vocabulary to compete with their classmates.  Students are giddy about referencing pop-culture films to make sense of foil characters – and then challenge one another’s ideas and use high level vocabulary to make their point.  Math students productively struggle to identify linear function families.  Boys’ and girls’ soccer won this week and the football team goes into our home opener 2-0 tonight.  Really awesome stuff is happening on the left.

Thank you for staying positive when nothing is going right.  Thank you for providing our students with brilliant opportunities to learn and grow.  When things go wrong, we want to support you and help you be as efficient as possible.  Manny Andre, John Novicki, and I are compiling lists of specific issues with technology, printers, and BCPS One.  Please share your concerns with your chairperson, an assistant principal, Manny, John, or me.  We regularly communicate with those in BCPS and Daly who can best assist us.

This week’s food for thought comes from none other than the time management ninja, because we all need a ninja when nothing is going right.  Enjoy!

9 Ways to Get Things Done When Everything Is Going Wrong


Ever have one of those days where nothing goes right? From the first thing you do, everything seems to go sideways. How do you stay productive when nothing is going your way?

Some Days Nothing Goes Your Way

Some days just don’t cooperate. Everything seems to be out-of-order. From your first step out of bed things go wrong. Your clothes aren’t clean. Traffic is horrible. You spill your coffee. You arrive late to work, only to discover that you left something at home. Makes you ready to turn around and head back-to-bed, right?

Turning It Around

How do you get things back on track when nothing seems to be going your way? You can fold and surrender to the day. Or you can get back on your feet and decide that you are going to have a good day no matter what transpires. “When things aren’t going your way, it’s your choice to give up or turn things around.”  Sometimes it is that choice that makes the difference between a bad day and one that is productive.

Here are 9 Ways to Be Productive When Everything is Going Wrong:

  1. Bring a Positive Attitude – A positive attitude can make all the difference. It can take a bad situation and turn it around, sometimes as fast as you can smile.
  2. Put It in Perspective – There are very few true emergencies in life. No how bad your day is going, keep in mind that it probably doesn’t mean much in the big scheme of things. Don’t over react to trivial happenings.
  3. Change Tactics – If things aren’t working, it’s time to change the game. If you are being too serious, lighten up. If you are holding on too tightly, it may be time to try a lighter touch.
  4. Laugh It Up – Sometimes you just have to laugh at life. And laugh at yourself. Laughing at the situation can be the first step in reversing the negative tone of your day.
  5. Don’t Give Up – As the saying goes, it’s not about how many times you get knocked down… it’s about how many times you get back up. Don’t let life’s happenings and petty frustrations stop you.
  6. Do Something Else – If you aren’t able to get one thing done, try doing something else. A change of task can get you back on track and clear your head. Circle back to the frustrating task later and you might just see the solution from a different vantage point.
  7. Get Some Help – Don’t let your pride prevent you from asking for help. There is a time and a place to call for backup. Reach out to someone you trust to help you past that obstacle.
  8. Don’t Get Mad, Get Motivated – Complaining doesn’t get anything done. Neither does blind rage. Getting mad doesn’t help. Instead, channel that energy into action to get things done.
  9. Focus on One Thing – Often when things are going awry it is because we are multi-tasking or dividing our attention. Instead, focus on the one thing that is most important to get done.

Turn Your Day From Wrong to Right

We all have days when we want to just to give up until tomorrow. The key is to keep going. Turn it around. Sometimes, adversity can be a great motivator. Let it drive you from frustration to success when you are having a bad day.

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