I have realized something about myself: I work best with a schedule. If I have a pretty definite schedule, I tend to get more things done, including the things I want to do — not just the things I have to do.
But with substitute teaching, I’m never certain until about 6:30 in the morning whether I’m working that day. Sure, there are some times when I know in advance. Actually, most of the days I’ve worked, I’ve known in advance. I had eleven days in April scheduled in advance, and there has been just one day so far this month when I got a call at 6:00 asking me to work. But on the days when I’m not scheduled, there’s always a chance they’ll call me in.
So I don’t plan anything for the day. I have some ideas of what I could do if I’m not working, but I don’t really plan it. For instance, I knew that if I was not working today I would apply for a teaching position at a school about a half hour away from here, write and schedule some blogs, and do some house cleaning. But it’s hard to make myself go for a run or walk the dogs or sit down to knit a while. I just feel out of sorts.
Being completely bound by a schedule isn’t fun, either, and I do like that I have some flexibility. But I like to know what to expect, and with subbing, I don’t have that security.