I've been doing this with my class preparations. Then, each week, I chalk up the fact that I feel pressed for time to the usual problem: too much to do in too little time. That, and a healthy dose of procrastination atop the whole thing like some sort of wayward cherry.
Last week I decided to try changing the order of events a bit, and loosening up my self-imposed timelines.
What a difference.
When I realized how much less stressed I was, I wondered why I'd continued to do things the same way for so long.
Habits are a funny thing. When they're good ones, they work in our favor, but when they're not so good, they drag us down. Unfortunately, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference between a good habit and a not-so-good one, and it's only when we make adjustments that we see how much better things could be.
I'm still adjusting a bit to my new way of looking at things, and arguing with myself about the looser time frames. Am I slacking off, or finally being realistic? Only time will tell.
Luckily, whatever the answer turns out to be, I can always adjust.