The purpose of the group is to provide support for people associated with the university world (academics of all shades, grad students, etc.) who find it difficult to prioritise things which are Important but not Urgent (in the Top Left Quadrant of a grid of same). Anyone can come play, just play nicely! We strive to "structure our days/in elegant ways" to make room for what really matters...
Saturday 15 July 2017
Week 9: water, stone, leaf and air
"Move like water" has been a popular motto or mantra for the last few iterations of the group, with a few incidences of "float like mist", and last week several people began to talk about being the rock in the water, the stone that says "no" and makes the stream leap and sparkle (thanks DEH for the image and the poem!). Nature imagery can be very grounding, especially as we focus on what is important rather than what is loud and urgent in our lives. One of the snippets of poetry which got into my memory and which rises up naturally sometimes when I need words to focus on is:
Lord, heal me now with a vision of green things growing ----
with the many shades of trees in a woodland way,
with delicate boughs that wave like waters flowing,
with the springing grass and the mounting corn and the may.
A woodland way (with may to right at front)
V.H.Friedlaender, from A Prayer In May
So for this week's topic, anyone else like to share the words and/or imagery that you find useful in constructing your academic identity and in thinking about your TLQ life - about the important things, in other words?
Last week's goals Contingent Cassandra
1. Garden 1x, swim 1x (tomorrow, when I don't have
conferences); lift weights 2x
2. Continue contemplating how best to wring some
rejuvenation out of the 17 days I have between commitments in August. Should I
travel? Just stay home? There are arguments for both.
Self: organize second trip. Stretch every day. Swim 3-4
times. Do some shopping.
Teaching: Grade, be enthusiastic on field trip, organize the
Research: Review 1000 lines of translation; write topic
sentences for new/revised paragraphs in MMP-3.
House: type the packing list.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Walk forty-five minutes a day.
Keep track of hydration.
One hour five days a week on the Prudence book.
1) Have parents over for pizza night.
2) Walk 4x, swim 1x, yoga 1x.
3) Write 5x.
4) Clean out 4 boxes/drawers.
5) Take kids on outings: a trip to the movies, at least one
beach trip, and take daughter to Ren Faire. Plan a waterpark trip.
6) Start planning for August vacation.
7) Choose important moments to be the rock so that I
can do the other TLQ things.
1) Decide what to do about ch. 2.
Others involve getting my life back to normal, post-trip:
2) Fix little fiddly bits in chapter 5
3) Back to exercise routine, more or less
4) Send book proposal to another publisher (I have interest
from one, but am covering my bases)
5) Take care of little domestic things: a few errands,
granola, laundry, etc.
humming42 (carried over)
1 write 5x
2 set writing and research
3 set up project notekeeping
4 follow up with co-author
5 determine status of
6 think about grant
JaneB (carried over)
1) restructure ProbChildp1p1
2) clear desk at office at
3) be nice to the cold and
get enough sleep
4) write up notes from grant
meeting and circulate to team
5) set resit work (this will
be TRQ the week after next, so would like to get it done this week in a
controlled manner) and do timetabling paperwork (due next week, same).
Karen (carried over)
1. Yoga - 3 home practices
(even if little) and 1 class
2. Garden - plan 2017/8 vegetable
3. Office - 2 x 25 minutes of
clearing the encroaching chaos of floor clutter
4. Read - one article
5. Write - 1 hour on messy
first draft of grass text
1. Keep on knitting (I'd abbreviate that but I don't think I
want to Kok)
2. 15 hours of 'work' in keeping with 2 days/week
3. work on ethics application
4. make progress on printing project
1) Write chapter 2: continue reading the most fundamental
sources, and accumulate 1000 words per day by write / revise.
2) 5-minute-exercises several times a say.
3) Find ‘my own 15 minutes’ as many as possible.
4) Think positively, plan concretely, work practically.
Notorious, PhD (carried over)
• Writing: 1000 words on
Sometimes an Adequate Notion chapter [start point: 700]
• 2 days yoga; 3 meditation
• finish reading 1 major
• Toss or file the stuff from
my home desk and bookshelf