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Biting Off More Than I Can Chew

Published October 2, 2012 4:17 PM by Toni Patt

Last week, I wrote about my experiences teaching my first CEU course. I mentioned how much work it was but didn't go into details. It took me nearly four months to finish, including two months of working at least an hour or two every night. Now I'm going back and revising the content. I'm beginning to think that is an ongoing process.

In the meantime, I submitted two presentation proposals for next July. Both were accepted. At least they're only two hours each. I've also agreed to something in November and my employer wants me to develop something for marketing. I also submitted an application for a committee addressing the treatment of acute stroke, which I love. There's no way I'd turn that down if appointed.

Yeah, I have a busy next few months ahead of me. I'll soon have to provide more teaching dates for the first part of the year. I also ride four or more times a week and have several shows. Somehow I have to squeeze in the Combined Sections Meeting too. At least I don't have to prepare anything for that. Oops, almost forgot working during the week.

Last weekend as I was completing my objectives for next summer, I caught myself wishing I didn't have to do it. For a few brief moments, I contemplated being a slug. I thought about how nice it would be to not have deadlines. I know I'm facing some periods of stress and worrying about getting it all done.

On the plus side, there's a lot of down time at a horse show. I'm running the whole time I'm teaching. I'm either traveling to the next location or exhausted when I get there. I've been going at this pace for a while, just with different tasks. I've had plenty of opportunities to slow down and didn't take them. I hope I remember that when my next deadline looms.


So happy to see you excited again! Yeah, you've bitten off a huge hunk, but you can handle it.


Dean Metz October 2, 2012 11:05 PM

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