Hope everyone has had a good week. I'm on a mini-break: a long weekend down south staying with my sister-in-law and her family. It's very relaxed: walks around National Trust estates that tick all the boxes for a Jane Austen adaptation film set, and not having to make decisions or plan meals for a few days. The last couple of weeks I felt I was flagging in terms of motivation and routines, so this is a nice chance to recharge.
So this week's prompt is simply: what things help you reset? Obviously we all benefit from long breaks, but what small things work for you - five minutes' walk round the garden, lunch away from the desk?
Last week's goals:
read essay for
writing group meeting
- finish reading/noting ILL book
- steady progress on Alms chapter
- also on Latin translation
- work up schedule for fall grad class
- also put some links on class website
- at least two tasks from Huge Summer List
- keep track of time spent in various tasks/activities
1. Read and comment
on dissertation proposals.
2. Write up notes from last week and add bits to article.
3. Life admin: doctor's appointment, find cheaper home insurance, do car check before long drive on Thursday.
1) Self-care: think
about how I can be more consistent with baselines. Do at least seven small
things to improve my environment. Do at least an hour in total on sorting out
my financial paperwork chaos.
2) Check work email no more than once outside of work day. Work days: clear email, arrange to interview possible intern
2a) on the teaching side - meet MSc project students and PhD students, tackle a few small jobs from the teaching list (mostly this will be sending emails, asking questions about when things happen, and breaking tasks down into more detailed lists)
2b) check what I need to do to prepare for next week's meetings lists plus making a plan for office moving (which SHOULD happen this summer - checking on plans/when is another job for the work day!).
3) Fun. Play D&D AND do some D&D planning. Finish one fiction book, start one non-fiction. Crochet some rows on the grounded blanket (it now has a name). Draw some things. Keep adding to a summer wish list for non- work days. Maybe start watching a series.
1. Begin inviting
people to be on the two panels that I agreed to organize for Kalamazoo
2. Deal with the crappy submission that's been languishing in my journal system. This is the third time in three years that this author has submitted an article (all variations on the same article); the other two were rejected, as well. I think that they need someone to educate them about submission protocol, but I'd rather not be that someone.
3. Deal with receipts, etc. from recent book purchases
4. Complete proceedings essay revisions--which will involve emailing someone I barely know because I can't find the notes I made on a comment that he gave me....
5. Write 1500 words
6. Return to regular sitting and language study
7. Work on cover for my house book (which I must finish before the session is up!)
8. While I'm at it: Select photos for anniversary book
submission for future grant application
Populate outline for Crunchy paper (aspirational)
Do point form notes for Shiny paper (aspirational)
Field work so basically nothing else will get done