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The Big Four

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Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer.

Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer.

Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer.

I couldn't stop. I don't know if it was the dopamine or the procrastination that kept this cycle going. Either way, it was getting out of hand. I had a terrible headache and was able to convince myself that it was okay to lie in bed and just keep going. It wasn't as if there was anything that I had to do.

At some point, I don't know when. I wasn't timing myself. Heck, it's a good thing because I probably would have added that to the rotation. But, my brain finally stood up for itself and said, "ENOUGH! You're killin' me. DO SOMETHING!"

So I did. I gave myself a task. And I wasn't allowed to even glance at one of the big four (Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer) until I had listed 20 things that I could do to help move forward on three different projects on which I am working. Then and only then could I go back to the big four.

It was fun!

My brain was on hyperdrive. It had been dormant for the past several hours and was glad that it was finally being put to good use. Creating this list didn't take long. Twenty minutes tops. Now, I told myself it was okay to go back to the big four. And I'm not gonna lie. I did. But not for very long.

Because you know why?

I wanted to get moving on my list. It was fun. I got started on four different things. This isn't a fairy tale and I'm not gonna tell you that I stayed off of social media the rest of the evening. I didn't. But I did slow down on the big four. And my brain did thank me. Heck, I must have slept well. I am wide awake at 5:30 AM writing this piece.

So, if you ever find yourself stuck in a rotation like I did last night. Don't fret and don't beat yourself up over it. Just stop. Find something to write with and something to write on. And start moving. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish. Your brain will thank you and you'll feel a lot better.

Now you'll have to excuse me.

I've got to get back to my list.


The sooner we start sharing our imperfections with the people we serve and the people we love, the sooner they will stop expecting to be perfect.







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Jon is currently the assistant principal in Dorchester County, Maryland. This is his seventh year serving as an assistant principal at the elementary level. Prior to becoming an administrator he served as a Math Coach and an elementary school teacher. During his ten years as a classroom teacher he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. During his sixth year teaching he earned Nationally Board Certification, which he held for ten years. For seven years he ran a Young Gentleman's Club that was aimed at helping young men reach their full potential.  

Jon received a B.A. from Furman University while majoring in Philosophy. He later went on to earn his B.S from Salisbury University while majoring in Elementary Education. Jon was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to student teach in New Zealand. He eventually received his M.A. degree from Salisbury University in Public School Administration.

Jon lives in Cambridge, Maryland with his amazing wife and two awesome children.

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    Alana Stanton Sunday, 09 July 2017

    The big 4 can get anyone! Such gifts they can bring but also such gifts they can take away. Thank you for helping us all with a balance!
    Alana Stanton

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