These two things--burnout and reentry--stood out for me from last week’s discussions. The common denominator between them might be something like the “can’t open a document” syndrome. I’ve always been a person who tries to keep fewer than five or six tabs open at once--and I would guess there are some people who would find that excessive. Lately I’m close to 20 tabs open on the notebook because I can’t seem to actually work on anything. So I click from one tab to another, look at them, then click on the next.
JaneB inspired me moons ago with the idea of sneaking up on your project--don’t plan, don’t decide what to do, just open the document and start working. That works sometimes, but if it worked all the time, I’d only have five tabs open. This week’s prompt asks you for wisdom on any ways to navigate the distance that’s part of both burnout and reentry. What do you do when you can’t get out of your own way? How do you get from here to there?
Consideration of the prompt is, of course, optional. Last week’s goals are posted below so let us know how you did, how you’re doing, where you’re headed.
1) Get vacation organized
2) URGENT Finish last bits of photography, now possible thanks to tech fix
3) Keep reading about new area
4) Add content to paper section outlines
5) Fun lunch with friend
Dame Eleanor Hull
Latin, Greek, Domestic/write, T-reading, Other Reading, class planning, all x4.
File papers, tidy study.
Exercise early, eat carefully, go to bed by 11.
Do two things that will Stay Done, not including Campus Trip Things.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Start converting photocopies of articles to digital copies. 1 hour x 4.
Look for 3 new articles, then trace back through the footnotes for relevant articles.
Check citation indices--not as impressive as in the STEM fields, but often revelatory.
1. Re-enter research and find something to write 2-3 paragraphs about.
2. Catch up on journal work (as always)
3. One run of more than 3 miles
4. Exercise 5 days--this doesn't have to involve running
5. Start reading another academic book
1 overdue academic book review
2 overdue article review
3 creative journal submission
4 page proofs for academic book review
5 submit conference abstract
6 draft two modules for collectively authored online course
- get seeds for chillis, capsicum and eggplant planted
- go to/stream 2 yoga classes
- finish feedback on both pieces of postgrad writing
- one pager on SOTL research and start a reading list
Susan (if returned from vacation)
1. Get to at least 2500 words on this chapter (which is no longer chapter 3 but I don't know what it is)
2. Outline next two sections of self-study, and figure out what we need, maybe talk to colleague to figure out focus
3. Watch training session to prepare for grievance hearing when I get home. (It started at 11 PM my time, so I didn't go in person)
3. Go on vacation!!!