On the subject of time flying past, it's also nearly November, so NaNoWriMo is just around the corner (as is AcWriMo). That means that I have just got back from meeting an actual stranger in a coffee shop for a pre-NaNoWriMo prep meet-up. It was scary... but it was fun once I got there, and there might be some potential for actually making a new friend here (she knew loads of details from Terry Pratchett books, and appreciated the way the absurdity accumulates, and is planning a 'magical realism cosy mystery series based around a tea shop in a small coastal town' which sounds like exactly the kind of thing I need to read). I don't have time for NaNoWriMo, I don't have space in my head for plot and character and stuff, but I need it, so I'm doing it. However, typing and computer work is bad for my various aches and pains, and doing EXTRA typing after work seems rather 'busman's hobby' ish. But I LIKE writing and thinking and organising words...
Which leads me to today's topic - I thought it might be interesting to think about how leisure and self-care often overlap with our work lives. I'm a STEM academic, so at least my fiction and occasional poetry writing isn't directly related to my job - although as it involves sitting at a computer, planning and editing, it's kind of a bit close for comfort. I also like getting out into nature - but that is really NOT a proper escape either because everything I see is informed by my subject knowledge, I'm often catching myself thinking "ooooh, need a photo of that, it would be perfect for that lecture..." or "...if I ever get to teach x...". Being an academic, being a bookish, verbal person, and working in the general environment area (where just about ANYTHING in a landscape can be relevant), it's really hard to think of anything I do that DOESN'T relate to work. Baking? But I do lab work, the source of ingredients and my dietary choices all have environmental implications, etc. etc...
How does it work for you? Do you find it easy to separate work activities and leisure activities, or do they tend to bleed into each other? Any tips on how to improve the separation, or embrace the blend?
Goals for last week
*grade 1 set of student papers (F&H) and 2 short assignments (sentences, ICW);
*daily exercise and stretching (x6);
*keep up with dead languages;
*deal with paperwork.
Do some prep work for special issue.
2. Send out journal acceptances for undergrad thingy
3. Edit abstracts for collection and send to co-editor
4. 3x30 minutes on November conference paper
5. 1x30 minutes on language
6. Have a calm, rational conversation about my service load with my department chair
7. Don't go to bed past 10:30
2 Write lit review and outline for DQ
3 Decide about summer funding proposal
2) research things this week - stet: finish the FlatProject final step of analysis ready to start writing. Finish refereeing the damn horrible article (ugh). If possible, also drawing up a figure for the grant idea called PCfu (ProblemChild follow up) and send the draft to FormerPDF. Sort out FavouriteIslands samples.
3) prepare all teaching materials for the next week. See if I can get out of the field trip (there are several students not going for variously good and indifferent reasons, so we don't REALLY need everyone, and I'm not needed for any specific reason, so...). Grade the remaining 50 short essays (now very urgent) and 60-odd small pieces.
4) start some plotting for NaNoWriMo. (I don't have time but I need the escapism)
2. do figures ed vol chapter
3. emails about fieldwork for the summer
4. exercise x 3
5. clean house/laundry/bills things are sort of out of hand
6. Plane tic to memorial service for Mom (seem to be in denial about this and must do)
2. Comment on draft paper topics
3. Re-read book and write blog post on big but old book
4. Do one admin report that is overdue
5. Keep walking/ exercising