- Topic for the week
- Goals from last week
- Goals for next week
Saturday, 28 February 2015
The Golden Rule
As I read the comments here, and as I peruse the web, I always notice that many academics are very hard on ourselves. We set high standards, and give ourselves demanding work loads, and are not very tolerant when we fail to accomplish all that we have set out to do. Perfectionism comes with the territory. In recent weeks, a few people have tried to set reasonable goals, but I notice that we mostly set stretch goals for ourselves. And then we don’t quite make it. The Golden Rule suggests an ethic of reciprocity, or, as Leviticus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I interpret “love” here to include both practical kindness and generosity of spirit; my observation is that many of us are more generous to others than to ourselves. But my experience is that if I am not being kind to myself, I can’t be kind to others, at least not for long. So my question for the week is, how do you balance stretch goals with limits? How are you kind to yourself when you are not perfect? What are the things that you do to accept your inability to do everything you would like, in a perfect world, to do? This, it seems to me, is another aspect of self-care: balancing our demands with reality. And we could probably all learn a something from each other on this one.
Here are your goals from last week:
1) finish the bags - 12 to do.
2) Tidy office, file things, make space for new projects
Elizabeth Ann Mitchell
1) Write 100 words a day
2) Space planning for home office. The current arrangement is not working
3) Personal time. I do not protect down time for myself either at work or at home
1) Finish and submit past due article
2) Finish and send proposal to friend for feedback
3) Write at least three days
1) try to get a full night's sleep when possible; eat the nutritious food that I have in the fridge/freezer; regroup toward the end of the week re: exercise, possible day off.
2) keep making progress on DH class materials (and, now, feedback for that class).
1) exercise 4x
2) eat well (according to "plan" I've established)
3) reasonable bedtimes
4) four 90-minute writing sessions
- Get close to finishing chapter. (The goal was to finish it by the end of February, but other obligations got in the way, so I'll give myself an extra week.)
- Work on panel for fall conference (my new favorite conference)
- Write abstract for invited workshop in April
- Keep walking
- Keep making progress on the garden. (This goes on forever, because weeds keep growing.)
1) five minuteses
2) survive three days in the office doing various things with people
3) do at least one hour on Crunchier on each of the days I'm NOT in the office
4) take the weekend completely off work work (and maybe do some housework).
Good Enough Woman
1) Write 500 words for special section of Chapter 2.
2) Read 75 pages of primary text.
3) Exercise 5x, tracking water and spending
1) Week 5-2 of Belcher's book.
2) Continue to read the important book.
3) Finish the introductory part of the review article.
4) Exercise for 7 minutes everyday. Do a short exercise in the morning.
5) Be tolerant of snacks, but try to have healthier one.
Allan Wilson (continued from last week)
Exercise every day, and complete the analysis with a goal of having the paper tidied up as well.