I was sitting in my office a few minutes ago with nothing to do. I had done it all. Everything on my list was checked off. What a great feeling!!!!!
I hope you don't believe a word of that.
I haven't ever had everything checked off of my list. I don't think anyone in a school can ever be all-the-way done with everything. (Although I have met one amazing teacher who got almost everything done! Yet there was always that one thing she never quite marked off her list.) And for me, I don't really keep a "To Do" list. Keeping up with the list would be just one more thing on my list that would go undone!
The truth??? I was sitting in my office while my computer rebooted, trying to decide what my current priority would be. Anyone who knows me understands that I need to move from activity to activity. I rarely start a major project and stick with it until it is finished. Instead, I try to rotate through important things. It works for me. I also try not to let the "paper-pushing" aspects of the principalship get in the way of the important things.
These short moments of choosing the next priority to focus upon happen several times a day. So many great things to do and a few not-so-great things to do. When these moments arise, I have a new practice. I get up and get out! I'm not the kind of guy who spends too much time in my office. Not at all!
So when I happen to be trying to decide what priority to focus upon, I automatically go to the classrooms. It gives me the chance to focus on the most fun part of the job that also happens to be one of the most important priorities! It also gives me a chance to change my own state of mind. Usually, choosing the next priority becomes crystal clear during these classroom visits!