After another very difficult week in the "real world", we'd have to be strange creatures indeed to not be feeling a bit frazzled and concerned about the road ahead being difficult regardless of where we live. I hope you're all keeping well, and not too personally affected by ::waves hands in lieu of even trying to start making a list:: everything? We're a supportive, listening community here - as ever, you are very welcome to vent or share whatever is on your mind as part of the process of goal reviewing and goal setting this week.
Our theme for this session, of taking some time to reflect and prepare for the work we have yet to do, certainly has wider application right now. What I'd like to suggest as our topic today is what we might leave behind when we move on - whether you imagine that as just putting it down and not looking back, putting it into storage or handing it over to someone else to carry for a while, or actively cutting it off. Is there a project which has lost momentum, or which needs more than you can currently give it? Is there a role or responsibility where you need to either say no now, or start the process of moving on from? Or is there some advice on writing, which others swear by, which is actually holding you back or encouraging the Bugges to swarm in the brain? Or just a recurring thought or habit that needs a thorough dose of the Dame's Bugge Spray, and a decent burial under a nice heavy rock?
LAST WEEK'S GOALS:
- Start house packing in earnest
- Arrange moving company
- DO literally anything on old paper
- Send off last batch of samples for analysis
- Grad student proposal edits
- Visit new place for planning
Dame Eleanor Hull
- - go to conference and have a good time
- - make travel preparations
- - recover from conference/travel
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell (carried over from last week)
- Finish up the loose ends of the training, moving into the revision phase of training.
- Get through a meeting-rich week.
- Finish the “listen to me sing my own praises” report.
- Read a few chapters on women translators.
- 1. Complete intro revisions (my share, for now)
- 2. Content edits for journal article
- 3. Buy and plant pachysandra if it's still available
- 4. Get new driver's license; take car in for oil change; order contacts; figure out prescription
- 5. Read and take a few notes on 3 articles for tenure review
- 6. Make progress on super long book that I've been reading for months
- 7. Exercise again
- 8. Read over resubmitted essay
- 9. Start planning short trips
Humming42 (carried over from last week)
- 1 stay current on writing classes
- 2 submit an overdue book review
- 3 sort out bookmarks for Tiny Project
- 4 continue working on media literacy class
- 5 a new one: drink more water
- work no more than 20 hours
- make some lists for smaller things that fit under the areas of personal replenishment, reducing next year's pressures and fun/creative stuff.
- replenishment: back to basics - keep it up! Eating plenty of fruit and veg, drinking enough water, a small exercise habit (10 minutes a day of deliberate exercise), a small chore habit (5 minutes of picking up or one of the recurring chores like a load of laundry each day), journal daily. The weakest area here was chores - surprise surprise - so this is a particular focus.
- pressure reduction: if I have room in the 20 hours, review my honours module and decide what can stay from this year's iteration and what I can easily and quickly refresh. Add no more meetings
- fun/creative: write a letter to a friend/read for half an hour at least 3 days/do at least two crochet stripes on the "desert colours" blanket project/play D&D AND write another job board game/play with watercolours a couple of times.
- -Finish syllabi, get materials/tech requests in, make progress on first module VILE content
- -Write on my own research each day (read for my own research each day)
- - (if permitted by gatekeepers), get draft grant complete
- - conference paper proposal in
- - 2 x yoga (livestream classes from home)