Sunday, 10 November 2019
Northern Autumn/Southern Spring week 9 (I think)
We are definitely in the season of overwhelm, or what my mother calls the Season Of The Great Too Much (she's usually referring to Christmas shopping and over-consumption in general, but as an academic that also describes my work life at the moment). Last week Susan asked about handling overwhelm, and I'd like to keep the topic going this week - my question is how do you decide what NOT to do?
I find it very difficult when I'm feeling overwhelmed to decide what is good enough, what can wait until next week, and what I should pick as my top three things for a given day - it's as if all the little voices of the to do list items get so loud I can't think properly or focus on my priorities. Anyone got any tips or Do Nots? I know what DOESN'T work is paying attention to the person who is being most demanding that I do THEIR thing, because that trains them that being demanding works (bad move!), because their priorities are very rarely mine, and because being reactive all the time makes me feel more overwhelmed....
Dame Eleanor Hull
*daily reading/writing (x5), OR a weekly total of 50 pages read, 1250 words written;
*grade 1500-word essays; check two in-class writing assignments; plan when to give two quizzes;
*daily exercise and stretching (x6);
*keep up with dead languages;
*deal with paperwork.
Elizabeth Ann Mitchell
Continue editing 30 minutes a day.
Write a little fiction every day.
Weigh suggestions for special issue.
Do not overwork.
Continue knitting the tree skirt.
1. Finish conference paper and print it out; prepare intros/read abstracts for panel I'm chairing
2. Language x 2
3. Clear out email and niggling service-y tasks
4. Find a book or article that I want to read and that's related to my next project
1 Finish and submit DQ
2 Prepare online conference presentation for next week
3 Read next review book
1) maintain habits (8 items)
2) research - flat project, do SOMETHING. MAYBE
3a) External examining - read a large, large pile of final projects and prepare for a trip to Crowded Capital on the 20th... this has to all be done by the 15th because of family stuff...
3b) prep everything for next week.
3c) Sit down and look seriously at what is to come, and possibly throw self on the mercy of timetabling to ask for a change of some sort, or the mercy of my colleagues, or just... I dunno, cut something. I just. Can't.
4) NaNo. Discuss family stuff with sister, try to finalise the plan for parents wedding anniversary weekend.
OceanGirl101 (carried over from last week)
1. Finish ed vol chapter, all text, ref and figures
2. Emails for summer fieldwork
3. Midterm- construct new one, grade etc.
4. Bills and laundry and the such
5. Meet with xarpenter for new bookshelves in office
6. Exercise x 2
1. Make committees
2. Admin stuff: expense reports, letter, report etc. Maybe clear out email?
3. Re-read Race, think about how to revise
4. Clear desk, which has become a disaster area
5. Keep walking