It’s been 30 plus years since I didn’t “go to work” because of snow.

Now that I’m back in academics I was gifted last week with 4 days off because of the blizzard that rendered T-town impassable.  The snow was beautiful.  The roads were not.  A week later most of our neighborhoods are still in disrepair.

As I watched the TV screen last Monday waiting to see if our  university was closed, I couldn’t help remember when I was a very  young boy in St. Louis listening to my transistor radio under my  pillow on snowy nights for the list of school closings.  My heart and  most of the rest of me jumped as I heard the name of my elementary school called out.  My parents didn’t know that I knew and my need for sleep suddenly abated.  Strat-o-matic baseball played well with a flashlight.

There were many times in my thirties, forties and fifties I have prayed for snow days.  Even in July.

Those prayers were never answered in my corporate career.  Not one time did I see the name of my business listed as “closed due to inclement weather.”  Trust me.  The weather in New Orleans in July is quite inclement.

As we returned to classes Monday, lethargy filled our halls and classrooms.  It seemed we were all moving in slow motion, trying to jump start our will to teach and learn.

Snow Days soften us.

I offer the following tips to reduce the lag effect of Snow Days:

  • Set goals when the announcement is made—write your goals!  What do you intend to accomplish while locked-in?  What will you read?  Can you write 5 blogs?  How about research?  Be specific and be proactive.
  • Avoid the temptation to watch TV.  I-Tunes is ready when you are and you’ll get a lot more done.
  • Be accountable.  If not to yourself, then ask for help.  Ask someone to hold you accountable to accomplish your goals.
  • Think ahead to your first day back.  How can you energize your “back-to-work week?”

Snow melts.

Did you grow when it snowed?

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