#SOL22: prep

It’s time.

What will I need? It depends. How do I envision this next task?

To prep for a workshop, I brainstorm ideas, collect pictures and write. First draft. Flash draft. Fast and furious. It’s about all the possibilities. Where does my mind go? I record them all. The easy. The hard. The simple. The complex. The more the better. Than back to the outcome. What do folks need to know and be able to do at the end of our time.

And then I cut.



Yes. No.

No maybes.

No indeciseness.

This process has stood me in good steed for many different types of work for many years. There’s a collecting/ gathering and then a cutting/winnowing. Back to the basics. And often because of the brainstorming . . .

there’s a new twist or focus.

It’s time.

By the time next week’s blog is posted, I’ll be winging it …

En route to …

A week’s worth of learning with colleagues and meeting new friends face to face

And non-stop chattering with lifelong friends.

It’s time.

First round of packing.

What will I take.

Even with carry on,

I’m always guilty of over packing.

No more talking.

It’s time.

1st round: Enough clothes for 11 days instead of six. Revision time. What process do you use over and over and over?


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8 responses

  1. See you soon in Anaheim!!! I got a new suitcase and I do hope it all fits!!

  2. Looking forward to seeing you as well! I don’t think a new suitcase will work for me. But it’s a thought! Safe traves!

  3. I’m so bummed I won’t be attending when NCTE is going to be right in my backyard this year. Enjoy!
    As for my process…I tend to start minimally and slowly add on, but I’m thinking I may need to try it the other way around!

    1. Oh, darn. To be so close.
      Hmm. I like the idea of trying mnimal!

  4. NCTE is always so exciting and informative. Have a safe trip and enjoy. I, too, tend to start with an overabundance and then weed things out. I still end up with more than I need whether it be information to present at a conference or clothes to pack for a trip. I guess having more is better than not having enough. At least that is what I tell myself.

    1. More sounds good, but weeding is not always easy.

  5. Seems like how my daughter shops at TJ Maxx. . Fills the cart, and then weeds stuff out before we check out. 🙂 Have a great trip!

    1. That is very interesting. My shopping is totally the opposite. Wow!

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