Back in April, I noticed that at least one person was coming to A Meeting With Your Writing more often once classes had finished at her Canadian university. Instead of once a week, she started coming both Monday and Thursday.
Since others were finding it hard to justify coming at all, I asked her how she does it. Christine recognizes that she can only grade so many essays before she is exhausted. So she limits the amount of time she spends grading essays each day and makes time for writing.
This is the opposite of what I wrote about in When Priorities and Boundaries Feel Like Cutting Corners. Christine recognizes that by limiting the amount of time she spends on grading, she is able to give her best grading self to that task. The time she is devoting to writing is time that would NOT be well spent grading. I suspect it may even energize and rejuvenate her. She’s not compromising the quality of her teaching but optimizing it.