Saturday, 30 September 2017
Week 4: Fantastical Goals and Where to Find Them
It's the end of the first week of term here and I'm exhausted. Both in the 'woo lots of people on campus lots of stuff to do but better food for lunch available lots of people to talk to' way and the 'grump no parking spaces no time to think too much teaching prep way kiss bye bye to real life for a few weeks while I get stuff done way'. We're also in the middle of recruiting a fairly specialist hire in a process I have dubbed 'the unicorn hunt'. I've found out that this term has spread a bit throughout a few departments - I really must be more careful when I create terms!
All of this got me thinking about my TLQ goals - what's my mythical TLQ goal, the one that's so ephemeral in my mind that it's like reports of a mythical creature? The TLQ equivalent of the unicorn hunt, or rumours of a phoenix reborn and taking flight. A goal that's perhaps too large, or too remote to voice in our session goals but that we know we're working towards on some level.
For this weeks topic, Do we dare name our Fantastical Goal? (without it becoming a weekly or a session goal, no pressure at all) Or is it safer just to discuss whether we do have such a goal, and why we don't feel comfortable naming it or overtly working towards it?
-plan eating/menus and eat well
-1 hour coffee shop writing 5 days
-finish KLB handouts
-draft 10 pages of MF
-finish goals by Friday pm
--Lift weights 2x, garden 1x
--Keep working on more regular bedtime (after I get past the combination of two evening meetings tonight plus teaching tomorrow)
--Plan follow up on pedagogy project and send group email
--Rearrange books in apartment to make those relevant to Spring '18 classes more visible/accessible.
--Pick up at least one book relevant to Spring '18 classes at library
Dame Eleanor Hull
1) Self: daily exercise, yoga (2x, preferably), enough sleep, work on at least 2 languages, do the necessary cooking so I can eat safely.
2) Research: 5 hours, focusing on product. I hope to put all the revised bits together and work on transitions.
3) Teaching: finish setting up assignments for undergrads.
4) House/Life: finish packing the guest room, do some other useful house thing.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Create the tables for the survey article.
Edit the survey article without ticking off my co-authors.
Update my CV for the sabbatical application.
Spend at least six hours on the grant.
Organize, toss or scan one file drawer.
Continue to expand project file with one folder per project.
Walk more than 45 minutes a day.
Edit at least five pages of the book.
Write at least four pages of the novella.
Transfer the outdoor plants to the winter pots, even if it was 90F today.
Good Enough Woman
1) Pay bills.
2) Try to embrace my job (I've been resenting its demands this semester, but it's time to remember that I'm getting paid, and I need to get on board and think postively.)
3) Finish course proposal for science fiction class.
4) Write: 15 minutes x 5 (actual writing).
5) two walks, one swim, daily stretching (even if stretching is just two minutes) morning and evening
6) do some planning for middle school writing group (the first meeting was today--VERY SCARY, but fun!)
1. Read and revise ch. 5
2. Draft conclusion
3. Meditate twice (being realistic, given visitors)
4. Go for a walk/look out the window most days
5. Do prep work for prof. org. project
humming42 (carried over)
1 Write grant proposal
2 Work on manuscript every. single. day.
3 Breathe, be kind to myself, be mindful of creating distracting little projects
1. Finish off marking
2. Have complete draft of grass work.
3. Hour and a half on coauthored conference paper draft (already put into calendar)
4. 3 x walk/jogs (I don't think I can call them runs)
- 3 decent walks at lunchtimes or at dusk (decent = 3 miles)
- use working at home day to make some progress on a potential publication (could be as simple as organising computer and physical workspace and files)
- try not to freak out that it's the first week back and first lecturing since last October.
Matilda (held over)
1. Finish revision of Chapter 1.
2. Finish writing up of the first part of Chapter 2.
3. Do 5 minute exercise every morning.
4. Have more vegetable, less bread.
5. Write my journal every day.
6. Practice writing. - Read a lot, write a lot, look up good dictionaries. Do you have any other practical tips to improve writing?
1. Finish the review I promised to do (okay, start it too!)
2. Outline for PTSD paper
3. Figure out my goals
4. Work on LHF grant revisions (my mentor gave me feedback, I started reading them and burst into tears and haven’t touched it since).
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