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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Week 7: plod or push?

In last week's comments, we got on to the topic of submerging in a task vs. doing a little every day, or doing lots of small tasks rather than one big one. It's hard to unpack this topic without judgment* because since childhood we've been surrounded by various messages about how to work: smarter not harder; hard work pays off; tortoise beats hare; Romantic genius admirably throws self into work, perhaps to the point of madness, but produces masterpiece; Anthony Trollope works to the clock, 250 words every 15 minutes, for three hours a day; and I'm sure you can fill in your own examples, perhaps of people you have known and admired, or deplored, IRL. Two years ago, "In the Middle" had some posts about writing (binge or plod?) that became a book; this is one, from a pair of binge-writers.

My point is, it depends. It depends on you. It depends on the task. It depends on where you are in your life. Take moving house: if you have money but not time, you can keep living in your current house with all your things around you until the day the movers come, pack everything for you, move it and unpack it in the new house. This is expensive but effective. You can also gradually purge, pack up the out-of-season clothes, holiday decorations, and other non-essentials, saving needed kitchen items and bedsheets for moving day, and then reverse the process on the other end, going from daily necessities to the fully-equipped household. This is cheaper and also effective.

Some people grade a few papers a day till they're done. I had an admired colleague who binge-graded, so that (a) he was sure what problems the whole group should work on, and (b) he could get it over with.

I write both ways. I chip away at an article, a little at a time, taking notes, outlining, picking quotations, drafting. The MMP-1, in its first incarnation, was a tortoise-plod of writing a paragraph at a time (after I dissected it away from the MMP-2 and MMP-3). Its rejection had nothing to do with writing style or process, but "fit" for the journal. Its second incarnation was a brutally shortened version for a journal with a page limit; I admit it lacked a lot of connective tissue, but I did like the stripped-down argument. I binge-wrote the third, accepted version, starting over from scratch, because I knew the style would be smoother that way; I finally had a clear idea in my head of what needed to be there and how to connect all the bits, and I wanted to be done with it without any more distractions or delays.

So . . . when do you plod, when do you push to completion? Do you have different methods for different kinds of tasks? When have you experimented with the other approach, and how did that work?

*I'm American, influenced by Dan'l Webster. Judgement, if you speak the Queen's English.

Goals this past week; how did you do?

Contingent Cassandra
--list teaching prep & response to-dos at least through spring break (preferably the whole semester), and at least keep up
--do class reading/watching for week; 1-2 more blog posts
--walk or lift weights once (preferably both, but let's be realistic)
--make parsley pesto if time

Daisy
on break

Dame Eleanor Hull
1. House: find 2 hours, somewhere, to work on this; ½ to 1 hour on mental aspects (make lists, think about approaches), 1 to 1.5 hours on actual decluttering.
2. Research: carry on with the “touch” project; try to read/note two items this week, which will complete a stack of books on my desk, and move on to free-writing about a conceptual issue.
3. Teaching: more BB updating; grade 3 sets of assignments; scan and post the story.
4. Health: exercise of some kind at least one-half hour per day; ankle rehab exercises daily; weights three times; weekend yoga if I feel like it.
5. Fun/social thing: keep doing something pleasurable and/or restorative every day; social gatherings Wednesday and Saturday.

Earnest English
still plodding?

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
- Do rehab exercises three times daily.
- Resurrect my outlines and rework them with more detail, including time estimates.
- Figure out what I can write effectively with voice to text.
- Glory in being able to write without being interrupted by meetings.

Good Enough Woman
1) Finish conference paper by Thursday night in my hotel (this is really TRQ, I guess).
2) Don't abandon grading while I'm at the conference (as much as I would really like to).
3) Run errands Monday evening to get Valentine's balloons, etc. in order to present proper festivity for my daughter when she wakes up Valentine's Day morning.
4) Exercise 3x
5) Take guitar to conference?

Heu mihi
1. Read for kzoo (2 essays)
2. Read papers for response
3. Yoga x 2, run x 1? (Weather permitting)
4. Get on top of graduate student writing

Humming42
1 Read 4x
2 Write 4x
3 Submit Scary Conference Abstract
4 Select and caption photos for rbp
5 watch film for research project

JaneB
checked in but no goals set

Karen (from previous week)
1. Don't check email until after writing - start on residency application for 10 mins at the start of each work day.
2. Go to yoga class at least once, make time to focus on breathing each day.
3. Corral managerial stuff into a designated timeslot.
4. Write very short high priority list for each work day.

KJHaxton
- get one paper submission worthy
- 3 sessions of course prep/adminfrustration
- work on research tool for other paper
- avoid email

Susan
1. Write abstract finally
2. Start writing paper
3. Submit forum essay to journal for review
4. Finish clearing desk and paying bills
5. Get back to exercise: 3 mornings a week, and also walking and/or yoga on the other mornings.
6. Keep social media under control
7. Read. No more excuses.

Waffles
1. HuffPo piece
2. aging paper analyses
3. Grant methods drafted
4. Equality paper - make outline
5. Review and add to combo paper

Friday, 10 February 2017

Week 6: Now with added February


I hope you've all had a satisfying week in some way or another. I've been thinking a bit about what humming42 wrote last week about finding goals like 'write 4 times a week' to be unsatisfying and leading to thoughts about time spent but what is there to show for it. I tried the write an hour a day approach this last week and I found it simultaneously satisfying (yay! time spent), and unsatisfying (boo! whole heap of half written stuff). So I think we can go back to basics a little this week. How does the way we frame our TLQ goals for the week impact our sense of satisfaction at completion, and more tangibly, our progress towards them? Are there ways you've found of writing your goals that actually inspire you to work towards them?



Goals from last week:

Contingent Cassandra
--list teaching prep & response to-dos at least through spring break (preferably the whole semester), and at least keep up; try to get ahead. 
--walk and lift weights at least once each (preferably more); return to short stretches, stair-walking, etc. during breaks from work
--get back to evening schedule that has me in bed between 9 and 10 p.m., and preferably reading for a while before that on nights I don't have a meeting to attend 
--actually set up blog and finish/post at least 2 posts (preferably 3); continue w/ other class activities
--continue financial stock-taking; begin taxes

--make pesto and oatmeal(and maybe chili and/or soup) 

Daisy
- on break

Dame Eleanor Hull
1. House: 3 hours de-cluttering on Tuesday afternoon. (Let's see if a slot on the calendar helps.)
2. Research: carry on with the “touch” project; try to read/note three items this week.
3. Teaching: update Blackboard, grade 2-3 sets of short assignments, track down that story.
4. Health: exercise of some kind at least one-half hour per day; ankle rehab exercises daily; weights three times; at least one yoga class at the weekend. Sit 3x.
5. Fun/social thing: do something pleasurable every day (read, eat raspberries—doesn’t have to be a big thing but has to be consciously enjoyed).


Earnest English (From week 4)
-Grounding: get adequate sleep! Eat well. Active self-repair on stressful days: baths, music. Meditate or yoga or stretching twice this week.
-Spirited: get back to therapy and HS; get book from library; schedule music lessons when we get the money
-Gardening: check artichoke seeds; find saucer and take mint to work
-Plan and plod: look at and record journals; look up some things for class; recommendations; work on annual report; schedule Big Meeting; go get stuff for presents (Store 1 and Store 2) and do something nice for Imbolc!
-Writing Project: keep morning time for writing (not work!); 1x this week and regular research
-Big Continuing Project: figure out what needs doing on Tuesday and do it


Elizabeth Ann Mitchell (From week 4)
Finish grant application.
Finish staff evaluations.
Compile questions for Orthopedics

Good Enough Women
1) Pay bills
2) Make X-ray appointment (or, better yet, get Xray).
3) try to find a new primary physician (I don't have one right now)
4) Draft conference paper (which shouldn't be difficult because I'm pulling it from a diss chapter)
5) Walk dogs a lot.
6) Attend one yoga class (it's been SO long).
7) Clean/tidy the study.


heu mihi
1. Finish research book, including notes. That's about 25 pages/night.
2. Schedule meeting with relevant Dean re. second project.
3. Exercise: Not daring to plan. Just do what I can to get back on track once I'm feeling healthy enough.
4. Outline ch. 4 section/conf. paper 2.
5. Complete draft of book proposal.


Humming42
1 Read 4x
2 Write 4x
3 Write a full draft of Scary Conference Abstract
4 Use morning writing to decide about whether to write The Thing about Things (which is due at the end of the week, so a quick decision and action required)


JaneB
1) deliberation, mindfulness, call it what you will. Finding and/or being the calm point in the chaos. I'd like to keep up the sugar-ban and the gratitude journalling (which for me affects the rest of the day more than you'd think, because I start to register stuff like, say, the colour of the sun on the tops of the bare trees at sunset, or a student saying thank you that helped, and think, oh, maybe this could be a gratitude entry, and that makes me take the time to actually be grateful and enjoy the moment). And also think a bit more about what deliberation looks like more widely, in a highly reactive job.
2) an hour on Ferrett - keep plodding!
3) TWO hours on the grant (I wish I'd never started) - I finally got trained on the new grant recording and approvals system last week (another new computer system) so I'll aim to do an hour of setting up all the little boxes in that, and an hour on the text, hopefully leading to sending the text bit out for the first round of internal review.
4) get to Friday with all of the following week's teaching prepared and some bureaucratic paperwork started
6) write and give unexpected internal seminar (OK that's more TRQ but it's going here as it's research...)
5) declutter something noticeably (preferably one side of the kitchen. The kitchen is EMBARRASSINGLY AWFUL, it's not just messy, it's becoming unhygenic 


Karen
1. Don't check email until after writing - start on residency application for 10 mins at the start of each work day.
2. Go to yoga class at least once, make time to focus on breathing each day.
3. Corral managerial stuff into a designated timeslot.
4. Write very short high priority list for each work day.


KJHaxton
- an hour a day writing 
 - three sessions of manuscript editing
- three sessions of course prep/adminfrustration
- continue the crochet and knitting projects


Susan
1. Tidy desk. If I do this, I'll be at January 1.
2. Write abstract for my outside paper
3. Control use of social media, which so easily sends me into a tailspin.
4. Read? 


Waffles
1. Draft study design for grant
2. Finish analyses and results section for relat paper
3. Finish report
4. Review and add to combo paper
5. Draft huffpo piece

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Week 5: already?

Continuing the discussion of calendars, one of the tricky things is the way different ones overlap. Obviously the academic year doesn't run in tandem with the calendar year. JaneB has written, chez elle, about the odd gaps and overlaps created by superimposing an American-style semester on shorter, old-style British terms. I'm sure we've all had the experience of realizing that administrators' year-round notion of the calendar is not playing well with faculty's notion of semesters (or quarters, or terms) alternating with breaks that may not be breaks from work but are for different kinds of work. Academic parents deal with their children's school calendars not lining up with their own. I've just finished the third week of the semester at LRU, and have joined nicoleandmaggie's February challenge to write an hour a day, every day, so those two calendars feel fairly new; but here we are in week 5 of the TLQ group, a third of the way through already.

Can these multiple calendars be helpful, a spur to productivity, or are they just confusing? If you could put everyone on the same schedule, whose would you choose?

Your goals from last week:

Contingent Cassandra

--keep trying to stay ahead of, or at least on top of, teaching tasks
--get back to moving as cold wanes
--make at least chili and pesto
--do some financial stock-taking
--check in with brother
--begin blog for online class; continue other work

Daisy

on break

Dame Eleanor Hull

1. House: don’t worry about it. Just pay the bills, cook, do the crucial errands; if there’s energy/inspiration over for decluttering, then go for it, but if not, that’s okay.
2. Research: carry on with the “touch” project; try to read/note three items this week.
3. Teaching: update Blackboard, grade one set of papers, track down that story.
4. Health: exercise of some kind at least one-half hour per day; ankle rehab exercises daily; weights three times; at least one yoga class at the weekend. Sit 3x.
5. Fun/social thing: do something pleasurable every day (read, eat raspberries—doesn’t have to be a big thing but has to be consciously enjoyed).
                       
Earnest English

-Grounding: get adequate sleep! Eat well. Active self-repair on stressful days: baths, music. Meditate or yoga or stretching twice this week.

-Spirited: get back to therapy and HS; get book from library; schedule music lessons when we get the money

-Gardening: check artichoke seeds; find saucer and take mint to work

-Plan and plod: look at and record journals; look up some things for class; recommendations; work on annual report; schedule Big Meeting; go get stuff for presents (Store 1 and Store 2) and do something nice for Imbolc!

-Writing Project: keep morning time for writing (not work!); 1x this week and regular research

-Big Continuing Project: figure out what needs doing on Tuesday and do it

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

Finish grant application.
Finish staff evaluations.
Compile questions for Orthopedics

heu mihi

1) Read another big chunk of research book
2) Get 1 week ahead on grad class reading
3) Get back to my running schedule (MWF)
4) Tinker with intro and chapter 1, so that I'm at least touching my writing
5) Make some notes on first 30 pages of research book

humming42

1 Read 3x
2 Write 4x
3 Spend an hour working on rbp
4 Check in on pink hat research

JaneB

1) deliberation, mindfulness, call it what you will. Finding and/or being the calm point in the chaos.
2) an hour on Ferrett
3) an hour on the grant I wish I'd never started
4) get to Friday with most of the following week's teaching prepared
5) declutter something somehow

KJHaxton

- finish marking (1st year papers, 2nd year reflective diaries)
- review manuscript, send off other review
- edit collaborative paper that came back as a revise and resubmit
- try to learn to crochet

Susan

1. Finish last 30 fellowship apps.
2. Tidy desk
3. Use time at favorite exotic library on Friday to write abstract, and start preparing for Monday's seminar.
4. Control use of social media, which so easily sends me into a tailspin.
5. Don;t let myself get too sick. Let this just be a cold.

waffles

1. Finish this draft of relat paper
2. Revise aims and strategy and work on innovation
3. write report

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Week 4: Order from Chaos

One thing that struck me reading through our goals last week was how many items related to restoring some kind of order in our lives. We've got goals this week for cleaning desk areas, getting on top of routine tasks, trying to find some calm or not creating more chaos, making to-do lists, unpacking boxes...  We're spending a lot of time on this!

I also spent some time this last week reading about bullet journals (http://www.thelazygeniuscollective.com/blog/how-to-bullet-journal) and I can't recall if one of you posted the link, or where I first saw the term. I tend to rebel against systems that require me to do a thing in a specific way with lots of different codes, colours or rules, but I was happy to note that my academic diary (one side of the page is days of the week, the other is room for notes) and the way I keep it was rather similar to much of what they suggested. I felt like I was doing better at organising because some external source validated it.  I also reached a point this week where writing a to-do list felt like it would be counterproductive - so much to do, such a long list, completely overwhelming.  And no fancy note book, coloured pens, or coded set of bullet points was going to change this (it was a bad moment - coloured pens weren't going to work?? AAagggghh!).  So what happens when organisational things become the complete opposite of mindful - a new source of pressure?

This week, what's the worst organisational technique you've ever tried on yourself or on others? What looked really good on paper/in print/online/as sold, but turned out to be a horror? And why?



Contingent Cassandra
--keep trying to stay ahead of, or at least on top of, teaching tasks
--keep moving (as much as cold allows)
--make at least chili and pesto
--do some financial stock-taking
--check in with brother
--begin blog and other work for online class


Daisy
1 - Figure 1 for three posters
2 - Don't let conference talks wait and languish - finish 2 of them
3 - Run three times
4 - Data processing for conference posters


Dame Eleanor Hull
1. House: Clear auxiliary desk area of study (roughly 2' x 4').
2. Research: Touch the revision project every day: add a reference, read through old notes, write one sentence.
3. Teaching: track down a short story I want to teach in a few weeks.
4. Health: make plan for once again rehabbing my wonky ankle. (It can be done. The trick is not straining it again by doing too much too soon when it’s feeling better.) Spend ½ hour a day on stretching, yoga, weights, to preserve some level of fitness while not doing ankle-stressing cardio (swimming also hurts, so not an option). Use transition periods to sit, if only for 3-5 minutes.
5. Fun/social thing: lots of resistance here; I really feel like cocooning. More jigsaw, I guess, and some coloring while listening to music; sci-fi TV with Sir John.


Earnest English
-Grounding: get adequate sleep! Eat well. Active self-repair on stressful days: baths, music. Meditate or yoga or stretching twice this week. 

-Spirited: get back to therapy and HS; read book

-Gardening: check to make sure I have the right artichoke seeds or get them ordered; other gardendreaming? plants in office?

-Plan and plod: need to work more devotedly on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in order to not get behind; responses need to get done; journals need to be looked at and recorded; work on annual report; go get stuff for presents (Store 1 and Store 2)

-Writing Project: keep morning time for writing (not work!); 1x this week and regular research 

-Big Report: respond to report draft


Good Enough Woman
1. Do all corrections to thesis.
2. Submit thesis for final binding.
3. Get lab work done that the doctor ordered at my appointment last week.
4. Make appointment for X-ray (kidney stone follow up).
5. Walk dogs four times (I'm dog sitting my mom's dog for three weeks, which is going to be rather disruptive, but it motivates me to get both dogs [mine and hers] out of the house so they'll be tired. That's good for me, too.)
6. Enjoy my time with the kids while my husband is away this weekend. Maybe plan a outing into "town"?


Heu mihi
1) Synthesize writing group's comments on intro and create to-do list
2) Read first 30 pages of next research book
3) Read student's dissertation chapter (one of them)
4) Draft rec letter for student


Humming42
1 Finish film review and submit
2 Read 4x
3 Write 4x
4 Be mindful about not creating chaos by taking on too many projects

JaneB
1) deliberation, mindfulness, call it what you will. Finding and/or being the calm point in the chaos.
2) an hour on Ferrett
3) an hour on the grant I wish I'd never started
4) get a new passport photo, and send off the paperwork for the visa to ExoticCountry
5) declutter something somehow

Karen
1. Reading lists!!!!
2. Get everything out of boxes in my office; have home library/spare room ready for visitors to be able to locate and sleep on the sofa bed.
3. 3 x articles, 2 x 30 minute writing session
4. Start a artist residency application
5. Packed lunches, move regularly at work (use a timer if needed), yoga x 1, gym x 1.

KJHaxton
- progress on marking and teaching prep
- compile annual report for local activity, write agenda, chair meeting and hopefully put together an activity programme for the year
- edit down acronym paper
- complete two manuscript reviews


Waffles
1. Work on relat paper - this really needs to happen this week
2. Finish aims and start on strategy
3. Read for fun (currently reading A Series of Unfortunate Events - inspired by the Netflix series)






Friday, 20 January 2017

Week 3: Making mindfulness work for you

A lot of us regularly list various sorts of "mindfulness" goals. Mindfulness should be its own reward, of course, but there are also tangible pay-offs for observing our own reactions to things. Such awareness kept me focused, or at least prevented a downhill slide, on a couple of occasions in recent weeks. At a department meeting, when our chair announced prestigious book contracts or publications for a couple of colleagues, I noticed my reflexive jealous reaction, and tried to shift my focus to "What can I do to be like them?" rather than letting the jealousy spiral down to "I'm no good." And when grading this afternoon, I was happily working through the stack of very short assignments, making helpful comments, until I got to the one (only one) that demonstrated serious problems in syntax and understanding. Then I really wanted to quit, but noticing my surge of despair about student abilities once more let me re-focus on the students who were doing the assignment more or less correctly, and the need to be as kind and helpful to the really awful one as to the ones who had a shorter distance to go to "good."

What useful mindfulness moments have you had lately?

Goals from last week:

Contingent Cassandra
--Get as much on top of class prep and planning as possible, in hopes of minimizing teaching-related TRQ eruptions this semester (prepare as many class materials as possible in advance, list future to-dos, preferably for entire semester):

--work some movement into each day (with possible rests on Thurs. and Sun. in deference to fact I’ll be walking/standing a lot on Sat.)

--cook ingredients currently on hand (a pot of chili, some more parsley pesto, maybe some carrot soup)

--do some financial stock-taking

--check in w/brother

--coordinate marching w/ friends, spend time w/ them during march

Daisy
1 - Prepare everything possible for oncoming (and definitely disastrous) "labour interruption" and hope it doesn't happen
2 - Finish drafting of figure
3 - Run three times for sanity
4 - Write one conference talk


DEH
1. De-clutter and organize my study.
2. Plan revisions to the recently accepted article; contact editors with self-imposed deadline.
3. Finish writing syllabus. Get more stuff up on Blackboard for both classes.
4. Eat safely; walking or cardio every day, stretching every day, two yoga classes, sit 3x.
5. Two social activities already on the schedule this week.

Earnest English
-Grounding: in bed on school nights by 11pm! Eat well. Active self-repair on stressful days: baths, music. Meditate or yoga twice this week.
   
-Spirited: keep up therapy and HS

-Gardening: check to make sure I have the right artichoke seeds or get them ordered; other garden dreaming?

-Plan and plod: plan and announce a couple 2-hour blocks of working to catch up and prep; get stuff done and prep; respond to responses; get two needed meetings on the calendar; plod a bit on annual report

-Writing Project: keep morning time for writing (not work!); get documentary watched; fill in annotated bib

-Big Report: get in touch with Colleague D and make a regular time for touching base about this. Figure out where we are on this and what needs to be done next.

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Pack and prepare for traveling and for the meetings.
Eat sensibly while traveling.
Write five sentences a day.
Overcome the reluctance and write up dream planning.

Dr Good Enough Woman:
1. Finish two syllabi on the plane.
2. Finish all syllabi on Monday and upload them to LMS.
3. Take kids to farmer's market on Monday (this will be a sparkly thing!)
4. Get all things to Repro for this week and following.
5. Attend two doc appts on Wednesday morning before class.
6. Go to son's robot competition on Wednesday evening.
7. Move like water through the week, especially since I'll be jet-lagged and feeling very unprepared for teaching my classes and won't really have a chance to get caught up during the week.

Heu Mihi
1) Actually finish both syllabi.
2) Finish last book for grad class (two evenings should do it!!)
3) Finish working through chapter.
4) Exercise two times (Mon and Tues).
5) Eat ice cream post oral surgery.

Humming42
1 Revise book reviews and resubmit
2 Finish film review and submit
3 Read 5x
4 Write 5x
5 Make origami bookmarks

JaneB
1) continue to make progress with Very Basic Decluttering Project (sometimes keeping things verrrrry simple works for me...)
2) spend an hour on Ferret
3) act deliberately, and take time to deliberate before reacting (I do love words like that where a shift in emphasis in pronunciation shifts the meaning a little, even if they make English such a sod to learn for others...)

Karen

1. Get reading lists off to library for three classes.
2. Move more - try to do at least one sun salute every day, 1 x gym, 1 x yoga class.
3. Read 3 x articles (1 per work day)
4. Take packed lunch and snacks to work each work day.

KJHaxton
- progress on marking
- tackle teaching prep for first week of semester (ugh, module handbooks, updating quizzes, cleaning up notes)
- graduate and spend time with family
   
Susan
1. Finish syllabi
2. Write abstract
3. Pay bills
4. Clear desk

WallyWaffles
1. Work on relat paper (my goal is to get this completely revised by the time mentor returns to the US - which is in 2 weeks
2. Draft specific aims for K grant
3. Draft conference award application and send to mentor
4. write outline of diss manuscript before thursday meeting

Friday, 13 January 2017

Week 2: Settling In to the New (Calendar) year


 Hello All!

This past week seemed to be highly varied - many of us were gearing up for semester (and still tending the piles of marking from the previous), some of us were already back in full swing. I've stopped sulking (well sort of) that the Christmas tree and the 'sparkle' has been removed. There's  something about the sparkles of the lead up to the holiday season that pulls me through December. So my suggestion for an addition to all of our to-do lists this week, is to bring the sparkly back! What thing can you do this week for the sheer joy of it? Something for pleasure, fun and just to bring a little spark back in?  

Goals from last week:

Daisy
1 - Three conference abstracts for submission next week
2 - List of paper/conference talk figures
3 - Make one figure from list above


Dame Eleanor Hull
1. De-clutter and organize my study so it is functional and attractive for the coming semester, and so it will be easy to do a second round of decluttering before the house goes to market.
2. Review the recently accepted article, plan revisions, contact editors with self-imposed deadline.
3. Plan classes, write syllabuses.
4. Eat safely, test one new food; walking or cardio every day, stretching every day, two yoga classes, sit 3x.
5. Two social activities already on the schedule this week.



Earnest English
-Grounding: in bed on schoolnights by 11pm! Eat well. Active self-repair on stressful days: baths, music. Meditate or yoga twice this week.

-Spirited: therapy exercises, HS twice this week; figure out about classes?

-Gardening: check to make sure I have the right artichoke seeds or get them ordered

-Plan and plod: plan and announce a couple 2-hour blocks of working; get stuff done and prep; contact Colleague L and P about backup plans for snow days; get needed two needed meetings on the calendar.

-Writing Project: keep morning time for writing (not work!); finish current research reading (may take another week); 1x; send out to deadline

-Big Report: get in touch with Colleague D and make a regular time for touching base about this. Figure out where we are on this and what needs to be done next.



Elizabeth Anne Mitchell

Finish plan for the month of January.
Walk the dog twice daily.
Write five sentences daily.
Edit one page of Prudence commentary daily.


Good Enough Woman
1. Read the thesis/dissertation twice before the viva.
2. Read three articles/chapter by external examiner that are not cited in the thesis (others are, but not these).
3. Re-read judgment articles before viva.
4. Review my notebooks before viva.
5. Try to relax during plane flight (I am a nervous flyer, and the weather in CA is a bit stormy today).
6. Finish one syllabus (or two?) while on trip.
7. Enjoy a couple of things in London!


heu mihi
1) Start running again, which may mean just twice at about 2 miles per run. (I'm still recovering from bronchitis + a touch of pneumonia. Nearly back to normal, but I don't want to push it.)
2) Rewrite ch. 1's intro and conclusion. Add in fiddly bits that are obviously missing from the notes.
3) Read the last totally new book for my upcoming grad class.
4) Finish one syllabus.
  
humming42
1 Submit book manuscript!
2 Finish syllabi
3 Revise book reviews and resubmit
4 Read 5x
5 Write 5x

JaneB
1) Get some exercise, and sleep a sensible amount each night
2) Resist the urge to buy more 'goodies' and eat up remaining Christmas treats slowly and savouringly (is that a word?)
3) Make good use of the writing day (I'm currently thinking of working on a paper nicknamed Ferret, since that is at a point where solid writing might be useful, and perhaps on zero drafts of two grant ideas. need to pin that down!)
4) Send a few emails regarding the possible trip


karen
Goals for this week:
I return from leave on Friday this week, so goals are pretty limited.
1. Enjoy the rest of the time with family, low expectations and take the easy option on return travel
2. Reconnect with home with some garden time, and very mild declutter/organise as we unpack.
3. Gentle re-entry for one work day - focus on Master's student, start setting boundaries around email checking and system for noting tasks for later and designate times for student appointments.


KJHaxton

- edit down acronym paper
- tackle the marking mountain
- come up with a comprehensive to do list
- get out of the house, at least to the nearest Pokestop each day!
- make progress on knitted shawl


Luolin
Goals for the coming week:
Reformat the bibliography
Put a regular block of writing time on my calendar.
Go to sleep by 11pm
Run 2x
Write 1 syllabus


Susan
So my goals will be VERY modest.
1. Finish and post syllabi for classes that start next week.
2. Clear out email that got backed up at the end of the last semester (things you can do without books)
3. Draft abstract of Way Outside Essay
Depending on what's happening, I may try to go to My Favorite Library for a day to work.

wallywaffles
1. Submit conference abstract
2. Work on study recruitment
3. newsletter, etc.
4. spend time on relat paper
5. Do something fun every day