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