Over and over again on this site, I have read people's advice to new teachers- "Make sure you take some time for yourself, because teaching will take over your life if you let it". I was always able to complete my work in the 35 hours a week I get paid for. Then I moved up 4 grade levels, and I could probably get everything done in a 40 hour week. Not unreasonable. The problem is, I stay late even when my materials and lesson plans are ready- organizing, trading ideas with other teachers, making games, trying new seating arrangements. I generally work 7:20-4:00. Then I come home, everything completed, and I come to this website and read and post. Then I start doing Internet searches for new flashcards, worksheets, activities, and lesson ideas, or I type things up myself. Teaching is all I think about, from first thing in the morning to what I dream about at night. Fortunately, my friends have very busy lives and are not demanding, I have no children, and my partner currently stays at home and can take care of cleaning, errands, etc. (She was formerly a teacher and is sympathetic to some degree.) I think I have become obsessed. But the truth is, teaching has once again become my hobby. I ENJOY surfing the net and making my classroom a great place to be in. In the evening and weekends at home, I don't feel like I'm working, I feel like this is my creative outlet. (I go crazy in the summertime and before I graduated from college- I used to paint, write poetry, make crafts, anything). I am truly enjoying myself, but I can't help but wonder if I am going overboard. Even if its by choice, I don't have a life! What do you all to curb this instinct, or can you not relate? Should I try to set some time limits for myself? (I have- didn't stick to it because after the time was up, I was just laying there watching TV and eating chips! So why stop?). Then again, your answers could be a little biased... after all, you, too, are spending your free time at teacher sites! Thank you!