I apologize for getting this post up a little late; my dad was visiting this weekend, which was great, and meant that I didn't touch my computer for two days. This was not at all a bad thing, but I'm a little behind here!
So this week I'm going to continue with the Relentless Positivity, but if that's just annoying, I'll give you an alternative prompt. Of course, all prompts are optional, anyway.
When my son recently had to go to the doctor, he insisted on knowing how many shots he was going to get so that he could prepare himself--which also meant dreading the shots well in advance. (Also, although I told him repeatedly that he would get two shots, he insisted that he didn't know this and refused to get a second shot, meaning that we had to schedule a follow-up appointment--I was not present at this refusal, I'll just note--but this isn't really germane to my point here, so I'll let it go.) In a related conversation about the dentist, I tried to persuade him that actively dreading these appointments makes them much worse, but I didn't get anywhere with that.
And the fact is that I dread things as much as the next person. But it doesn't have to be that way, does it?
For this week, tell us something that you're NOT looking forward to in the coming week--and then try to find something about it that you can actually look forward to (and yes, being done with said thing counts!). I don't expect that we'll all start blithely looking forward to everything that's coming up, but maybe this exercise can help to at least mitigate the dread. Right?
Or, if that's just irritatingly positive, you can simply vent here about the annoying/scary/boring/tedious thing that you have to do, and we will lovingly support you through it!
--And on to the check in. Here are last week's goals:
Submit giant paper when it comes back from co-authors
Read and comment on students’ thesis chapters
Do organizing and scheduling for upcoming conference
Set up new thesis student with office and material
Read some of the new 8 library books that appeared off my hold list this week…
Do ALL my physio exercises all the time…
Dame Eleanor Hull:
- finish revisions to F article
- make more progress with grad readings and both VILE sites
- read at least 500 lines of Irrelevant Romance
- scan stuff for grads
- write a letter of recommendation
- write up my annual review documents
- put up the grow lights
- pay a bill, do some other Life Task
1. 10 hours on ch. 3
2. Finish book and draft review
3. Language x 5 (15 minutes a day is fine for now)
4. Admin: Complete university credit card application, work out some travel plans for two trips in May
5. Routines: Sit x 5, yoga x 1 or 2, run x 3
6. Fun: Cook at least 3 things, play some games, schedule lunch with former grad student
1) self-care: this week is going to be stressful. Be kind to myself.
1a) environment: do the small chores this week, and aim to hoover/sweep every floor surface once (there's still dust and stuff from the windows, since they aren't quite finished until tomorrow...)
2) R - do something concrete towards the teaching-related R project, respond to the email that asked for money information, respond to the email about the conference session in March.
3) T - mark the third year essays that arrived this week (lots of same, sigh). Get first week materials onto all the ViLEs.
4) read a bit; post the letters; play D&D.
I have 15 hours of lectures and seminars, plus three meetings with dissertation students, and two office hours (which hopefully no one will show up to). So there is going to be minimal time for anything else...
Read drafts of dissertation chapters before meeting students
Revise one of the lectures.
Organise food for son's birthday celebration
Bake birthday cake
Self-care - try to get out for walks even if only 10-15 minutes, theatre trip with friend.
Karen (held over):
-have week 2 & 3 of VILE content done minus a/v
-KL draft to 4000 words
-one yoga class, final beach swim for this trip
1. Comments on 3 more draft chapters of Big Collaboration
2. Get going on revisions to the last chapter. I think I can do them in a few days of focused work, but I need to spend those days.
3. Financial stuff for overseas
4. Do something fun
5. Keep working out