Friday, 6 March 2015
SAGs (small achievable goals)
When I’m feeling like I’m not getting a lot accomplished, or when I’m putting aside work I really need to be doing, I most often need a SAG--a Small Achievable Goal. What is one thing I can do that will move me forward on Project X? What’s the next step on Paper ZZZ? What one task can get me jump-started into my 90-minute writing session?
So this week, as you think of your goals, think about specific small tasks that can move your larger projects forward.
Have you thought in terms of SAGs in the past? Has it been helpful? What’s one SAG that can help you this week?
to ENJOY the task that I have to spend next week on, and go at it with gusto (thanks to a conversation with a colleague this morning, who tells me this is how he copes with being too busy); and to plan a series of papers on the topic I love but is completely outside all my work plans.
1) exercise 4x
2) eat well (according to "plan" I've established)
3) reasonable bedtimes
4) four 90-minute writing sessions
5) prep for weekend conference (practice pitches; review faculty bios; schedule stuff)
1)sleep, eat well, maybe exercise a bit, and generally try to keep the cold from taking hold.
2) do a lot of grading for all classes (with the goal of not doing any, or at least much, grading over spring break).
3) make sure I've got reservations, registrations, reimbursement forms, readings, etc. in place for both upcoming trips.
Elizabeth Ann Mitchell: (from week 7)
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
Good Enough Woman:
1) Read two articles and one primary source novella
2) evaluate structures of chapters one and two
3) Send follow-up email to supervisor about timelines
4) Exercise 3x
5) help son with Minecraft account problems (I've been promising to do this for a while) and prep daughter for next presentation
6) play son's homemade game with him
1) Finish and submit past due article
2) Finish and send proposal to friend for feedback
3) Write at least three days
1) five minuteses 2) planning of many things. Taking time to think about what I REALLY want out of my 'study leave', seeing if I can possibly fit in a long weekend off (other than through being ill!) in the next couple of months, making lists and then RUTHLESSLY PRUNING THEM. 3) three sessions on Crunchier.
1) finish up the marking and stray bits of paperwork from early semester tasks
2) send email about possible article I could write
3) plan publication/presentation around small aspect of current teaching so that I can put an evaluation plan in place to get a good paper
4) make figures for the paper
Matilda: (from week 7)
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.
1. Finish the chapter
2. Prepare for the conference
3. Enjoy the conference
4. At least one more session weeding
5. Keep up on the house
6. Keep walking or exercising in some way daily.