Many of us had March break this week. I hope everyone who had one took advantage of it for at least a little bit of rest and recovery. We’re almost into the last quarter of the session and the ends of various academic terms are now closer than the starts. OBEs abound, and I know I feel like I’ve been lurching from one crisis to another over the last few weeks… So I thought we can reflect a bit on our typical crisis-mode adaptations and skills to remind ourselves that we have them, sometimes they feel kind of far away…
the thing that you bring to a crisis? What is your internal crisis superpower?
If you were stuck in on a mountain (or spaceship!) with a lost crew what would
your role be? Peacemaker? Planner? Morale officer?Compliance officer?
And in a lighter vein, for the cabins we’re picking entertainment this week. What are you bringing along for pure entertainment? I’m going to go right ahead and assume we’re ALL bringing what other people might consider a stupid number of books, so those don’t count!
A batch of old movies? Playlists? Puzzles? A new hobby you’ve always wanted to try? Is your cabin entertainment in any way related to your crisis role?
Last week’s goals
(if I keep putting it here maybe they will get done?)
Prepare and practice research talk and teaching lecture for next week
Grant accounting and reports
New grant planning session
Edit student chapters
Lunch with friends
Dame Eleanor Hull (carried over)
Keep core work hours.
Health: cardio daily, stretch x6, track bedtime.
Research: 30 min x6 (2 projects), dead languages x3 each.
Teaching: write more assignments, keep building VILE sites, grade 1 short assignment and two sets of papers.
Life stuff: collect tax stuff (now urgent), do something fun.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Put into place the “Task List” and “Project” pages of the
Take notes on a couple of the articles for the potential article.
Search ten articles I have in paper to replace with electronic copies.
1) Power through Aquinas research. This is not going to be
very important, so the fact that I've never even actually read Aquinas
shouldn't matter much (I'll try to read what I have to this week, and then come
back to it as needed as I'm writing).
2) All course maintenance, etc. Prep grad class. Read for subsequent grad class.
3) Get on top of both journals.
4) Run a few times.
1 write and submit extended abstract
2 submit upcoming and late book review (the one that was upcoming last week is late this week)
3 promote upcoming virtual conference with tremendous enthusiasm (not that I can ever muster that)
4 write and present morning talk that I regret agreeing to do
5 review R&R for journal way outside of my primary field
1) call GP about anxiety etc. because this is not going to
defeat me (and because Friday I finally have NOTHING IN MY TIMETABLE plus next
week is fieldtrip week and I'm not much involved so I am able to take a call if
needed at any point)
2) do teaching prep for week 9 (yay getting ahead - I have a LOT to do as my contribution to field teaching is actually in week 10 and after Easter and we just haven't even looked at it yet, so...)
3) make time to read or do D&D prep 4 days
4) Send an email to the "Why" author group
5) do a little more advertising about the May Training Course
6) move intentionally 10 minutes a day (I'd put this up to 15, but if I have feeling ill days I know I can do ten from this week, so lets stick to focusing on things I know I can succeed with even in a bad week).
Karen (carried over)
Make master plan of all due dates for teaching and honours
2. VILE boards done each day, and week 3 and 4 fully ready to go.
3. Feedback done for postgrad article, finish chapter two in the ongoing saga
4. 500 words on KL
5. Weather permitting, paint window frame
Susan (carried over)
1. Finish this chapter (doable) before trip to Library
2. Keep reading ms.
3. Do fun thing
4. Go to all the meetings
5. Keep up with exercise & good eating
6. Set up Mom's new computer (hangs over me . . .anxiety.)