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Friday, 17 November 2017

Week 11: Clear the decks

I'm about to hand over final marks and jump on the plan for a big family adventure. This is our first overseas travel with the kids, so cross fingers and wish me luck!

In preparation for getting ready, I've been frantically trying to tick off tasks to be done: some of that has involved completing (or letting things go), in other cases it's been finding the right people to take up tasks and add more than I could anyway. I've even had to move my office plants out to where someone else can keep them watered. Clearing the decks has been literal as well as metaphorical, and rather cathartic.

What would you like off your deck this week?

Amstr (brought over)
-catch up on MF goal (3000 words)
-submit to 5-7 agents
-menu plan/grocery shop
-get hallway cleaned; schedule some time for dreaded house project

Contingent Cassandra
--move a bit (walk at least 1x, weights at least 1x)
--get the most fragile bulbs in the ground
--get the #$@! course description done
--get 2nd book order done
--Make substantial progress on pedagogy project grant application

Dame Eleanor Hull
1) Self: daily exercise and stretching, enough sleep, work on at least 2 languages, do the necessary cooking so I can eat safely.
2) Research: 7 hours on main project, focusing on product. 3 hours on translation.3) Teaching: grade undergrads' tp3, grads' kw2.4) House/Life: pay bills, prep for Thanksgiving travel.5) Remember my session goals: Live with uncertainty and work the process.


Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Finish strategic plan (TRQ)
Finish group article (TRQ)
Plan presentation for the end of the month.
Keep up with NaNo.
Sew one stocking together; pin the second one.
Tai Chi for ten minutes a day -- before work.
Reply to other comments.


Good Enough Woman
checked in, no new goals

heu mihi
1. To 37k on novel.
2. Run x 3.
3. Prepare for and give a little presentation on Wednesday.
4. Ch. 2 of dissertation, for real
5. Meditate x 3, FOR REAL. Maybe shouting at myself will help.


humming42

1 30 minutes writing/research every day
2 write and submit Signature abstract
3 set up interview with blog post contact
4 revisit Pink Research to see if it’s a viable project

JaneB
1) keep up the good practices around evenings-and-mornings, and get off my phone earlier
2) look over where GallimaufreyReviewPaper is up to, and email an update to everyone to check in
3) Take one small BlackSummerProjectPaper action
4) make hopefully final edits to GrantINeverShouldHaveStarted
5) Spend an hour on ProblemChild3's text, and make contact with FormerPDF to divide up the work on the figures that needs doing.
6) enjoy NaNoWriMo
7) stay a week ahead on class stuff


KJHaxton
1. Finish marking big assignment
2. Apply for supplementary role
3. Make initial enquiries about science communication activity
4. Writing for 30 mins each day
5. 2 hours of research

Susan
1. Send off review
2. Work on R & R,
3. Write two more letters of rec
4. Expenses from conference
5. Walk three times
6. Continue not bringing iPad to bed/ disconnect from social media


Waffles
1. Try to finish draft of F32 paper
2. Submit IRB
3. Really work on the PTSD intro this time
4. More work on the review 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Week 10: Small moments of delight

The Christmas drinks are in the coffee shops. I have opinions. I can't understand the obsession with salted caramel. I mean, I quite like the contrast but it's in all the things now and I grow tired. I don't like black cherry either, nor mint particularly and I'll not mention the curse of pumpkin spice. I got through October with Apple Cinnamon tea (one of the tea pig brand) and it was delightful - not too acidic as many fruit infusions can be, nor laden with the root of all evil (also known as liquorice).  But we've transitioned from Autumn drinks to winter drinks and Spiced Berry tea doesn't have the same appeal. So then there's hot chocolate orange which is the regular hot chocolate with a splash of orange syrup and it's OK...but when done right a good hot chocolate is a thing of delight. And no matter what your milk requirements are - soya, nut, cow or oat, and your chocolate choice of white, milk, dark, no sugar, it's a possibility. 

So this week, what brings you a small moment of delight? Perhaps it's one of those moments that make you feel reconnected to something you mentioned last week. Perhaps it's a seasonal beverage that you'd forgotten how much you love. Perhaps it's the discovery that there's such a thing as no added sugar milk chocolate.  


Amstr (brought over)
-catch up on MF goal (3000 words)-submit to 5-7 agents-menu plan/grocery shop-get hallway cleaned; schedule some time for dreaded house project

Contingent Cassandra
--get the #$@! course description done.

Dame Eleanor Hull
1) Self: daily gentle exercise and stretching in 2-3 small chunks, enough sleep, work on at least 2 languages, do the necessary cooking so I can eat safely.
2) Research: 7 hours on main project, focusing on product. 3 hours on translation.
3) Teaching: edit one assignment, grade two more (at least start).
4) House/Life: tidy/organize in the basement.
5) Remember my session goals: Live with uncertainty and work the process.

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Keep up with NaNo.
Five hours a week on the book.
Work on the grant 1 hour a day.
Finish one of the stockings.
Pick one writing project and begin to outline it.
Tai Chi for ten minutes a day.
Respond to other participants.

Good Enough Woman
1) Have one or two activities just with my son.
2) Write everyday for at least five minutes.
3) Finish one stack of essays by Thursday and another stack by Sunday (not sure about the second stack b/c I'm on kid duty all weekend, and I want to focus on them, but it would be good to make that progress).
4) Walk 2x, even if the walks are short.
5) More progress on Christmas list for extended family.
6) Read a few pages of the rejected article (former diss chapter) that I think I want to resubmit just to see how it makes me feel.
7) Do fun things with the kids this weekend so it feels at least a little bit special (husband will be out of town).

heu mihi
1. Get to 24k words of NaNo novel.
2. Read ch. 2 of dissertation--or at least half of it. (It's 60+ mostly-single-spaced pages.)
3. Remaining prompts for undergrad papers.
4. Read up to Thanksgiving in upper-level class; through Monday for lower-level ones.
5. Meditate x 3.
Oh, and: Run x 3!

humming42
1 finish another book review
2 contact other person for blog post
3 update reading lists
4 draft outline framework for Perform paper

JaneB
1) keep up the good practices around evenings-and-mornings, and get off my phone earlier
2) look over where GallimaufreyReviewPaper is up to, and email an update to everyone to check in
3) Take one small BlackSummerProjectPaper action
4) make hopefully final edits to GrantINeverShouldHaveStarted
5) design poster for SocietyTHing
6) Spend an hour on ProblemChild3's text, and make contact with FormerPDF to divide up the work on the figures that needs doing.
6) enjoy NaNoWriMo
7) get a couple of weeks ahead with class stuff - complete last batch of lab reports which arrive tomorrow, sort out class datasets and copy handouts for the next set of labs, chase up the TAs, go over class data and check on the progress of all students.

KJHaxton (held over)
Trying to get by

Susan (held over)
1. Read more of the book for review
2. Get started on my research project3. Move: walk at least three times4. Enjoy myself at the conference.



Waffles
1. Try to finish draft of F32 paper
2. Submit IRB
3. Really work on the PTSD intro this time.
4. More work on the review
5. Summarize YRBS findings.






Friday, 3 November 2017

Week 9: Reconnect

So the last few weeks have been the end of semester and assessments, and it feels like I'm still pushing through the a crowd of heavy weights pushing down on me. But what I am trying to do now is to find small moments to reconnect - to take a moment to speak with colleagues about how they are going rather than just the next thing to tick off the list, to go outside and notice the sunshine and new spring growth, to try and be really present with the kids rahter than bribing them to stay quiet while getting dragged to another work thing.

So this week, for a topic - what or who do you want to reconnect with? What small actions could you take to reconnect?


Amstr
-catch up on MF goal (3000 words)
-submit to 5-7 agents
-menu plan/grocery shop
-get hallway cleaned; schedule some time for dreaded house project


Contingent Cassandra
--complete 1st course description and make progress on 2nd book order
--walk a bit while on church retreat this weekend
--continue garden work


Dame Eleanor Hull
1) Self: daily gentle exercise and stretching in 2-3 small chunks, enough sleep, work on at least 2 languages, do the necessary cooking so I can eat safely.
2) Research: 7 hours on main project, focusing on product. 3 hours on translation.
3) Teaching: write/edit two assignments.
4) House/Life: tidy/organize in the basement.
5) Remember my session goals: Live with uncertainty and work the process.


Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Do a three-things post it every day.
Start NaNo on Wednesday.
Spend five hours on the book.
Spend three hours on fiction.
Walk 90 minutes a day.
Work on the grant 1 hour a day.


Good Enough Woman
1) Write every day for at least 5 minutes.
2) Start Christmas gift lists
3) Finish two stacks of essays (one RPO and one WA) and all quizzes by Sunday


heu mihi
1. To 10k of novel.
2. Meditate x 3.
3. Read essay for proposed conference paper.
4. Finish ch. 1 of dissertation.
5. Prompts for remaining undergrad assignments.
6. Read ahead by 1 week.


humming42
1 finish one book review
2 make task list for upcoming projects
3 contact 2 people related to blog post


JaneB
1) keep up the good practices around evenings-and-mornings, and get off my phone earlier
2) finalise various travel arrangements, and make a decision about submitting an abstract for a conference in January
3) look over where GallimaufreyReviewPaper is up to, and email an update to everyone to check in
4) Put agreed BlackSummerProjectPaper dates into diary
5) Spend an hour on ProblemChild3's text, and make contact with FormerPDF to divide up the work on the figures that needs doing.
6) enjoy starting NaNoWriMo
7) survive all the class stuff, grading etc. etc. - without wasting emotion on it.

KJHaxton
trying to get by

Susan (held over)
1. Read more of the book for review
2. Get started on my research project
3. Move: walk at least three times
4. Enjoy myself at the conference.


Waffles
1. Send grant to the two people who reviewed it for the mock review to see if it is improved
2. Finalize IRB and submit
3. PTSD paper intro
4. Spend some time on F32 paper
5. Spend some time on one of the reviews

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Week 8: Tipping Points

It's that stage in the session where everything feels a little too up hill and the initial excitement of the start of term or setting new goals has faded somewhat. Many of us are making amazing progress, others trying to hold on while the ride is wild.  With several of us contemplating signing up for NaNoWriMo, it seems like a good time to revise and update our session goals.

Format: 

Weekly goals first (apologies if I've missed any if you haven't checked in for a while). I've not checked in myself for quite a few weeks because everything is TRQ and I can't quite bring myself to set goals, not do them, revise the goals, not do them and get into that kind of cycle.

Session Goals - progress made, alterations necessary/made...with a particular focus on ensuring your goals remain kind and helpful to you rather than a list by which to judge what you've not done.


Weekly Goals:

Amstr
-plan menus and grocery shop (lets keep this up!)
-exercise 4x
-in bed by 10:30pm most nights
-2500 words of MF
-rewrite query, make progress on secondary MSS, finalize primary MS, get strategy settled

Dame Eleanor Hull
1) Self: daily exercise, yoga (2x, preferably), enough sleep, work on at least 2 languages, do the necessary cooking so I can eat safely.
2) Research: 8 hours on main project, focusing on product.
3) Teaching: grade one set of assignments.
4) House/Life: tidy/organize in the basement.
5) Remember my session goals: Live with uncertainty and work the process.

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Repot outdoor plants. (TRQ)
Do a three-things post it every day.
Sign up for NaNo.
Begin to fill out project pages.
Edit at least five pages of the book.
Write at least four pages of the novella.
Walk more than 45 minutes a day.
Work on the grant 1 hour a day.

Good Enough Woman
1) Write 3x.
2) Take kids to pumpkin patch.
3) Move like water for daughter's Halloween party.
4) Walk 1x, Swim 1x.

heu mihi
1) Helping others: Finish and send off rec letter; start reading dissertation...(300 mostly single-spaced pages! Why??).
2) Research: Read the hagiography that I'm supposed to be writing about; read one essay for the proposed conference paper.
3) ?Fun?: Plan NaNoWriMo. I've never done this before (although I have binge-written a novel, 90k words in 56 days, back when I was on the job market and needed a distraction), but I'm toying with it because I feel like I need some kind of focal point and nothing else is cutting it.
4) Peace of mind: Meditate on the days when Husband puts Kid to bed--about 4 times this week, if I'm good about it.

JaneB
I'm still alive and still coping with work, but also stressed, struggling with my voice and needing to be Very Careful and Sensible about stuff :-(
I am going to do NaNoWriMo though in spite of all the TRQ, work-TLQ etc etc!

Susan
1. Read more of the book for review
2. Get started on my research project
3. Move: walk at least three times
4. Enjoy myself at the conference.

Waffles 
1. IRB for grant project
2. Keep trimming diss paper
3. Get more feedback on grant
4. Work on either PTSD paper or F32 paper, if time (grant is due next week and diss paper draft is due this week - so those are priorities).
5. Journal review (due this week - they only gave me 2 weeks, which is odd).


Session Goals

Amstr
-Draft half of my novel
-Develop submission packet for picture books/start submitting
-Finish prep for and teach weekend course (October)
-Develop website for editing
-maintain consistent exercise and eating habits (4x/wk exercise; daily meal planning)
-get more sleep! (7-8 hours a night)


Contingent Cassandra
--Continue working more regular movement into my routine: keep lifting weights on a regular (or semi-regular) basis, get back into habit of walking several times (or more) a week.

--Work more academic reading into my routine (with likely focus on Spring '18 class prep)

--Work in at least some other self-care (eating well, sleeping) and/or financial/household TLQ work when possible.

--Generally try to observe what works -- and doesn't -- in terms of forming new routines, keeping up with existing positive ones, avoiding bad habits (like creeping-forward bedtimes and too much reading on the internet when I'm tired/overwhelmed)

Dame Eleanor Hull (Sorry if I missed a longer list)
Live With Uncertainty and Keep Working the Process

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Session mantra: Organize, plan, contemplate
Continue to organize paper and electronic scholarship files.
Plan future projects.
Figure out my scholarship path.
Two hours on the book.
Walk an hour every day.
Keep up with medical needs.
Good Enough Woman
 Goals for the session:
1) Develop more stress management strategies, including exercise and, perhaps, exploring meditation and telling others how I feel.
2) Submit one article.
3) Either do NaNoWriMo or make another plan for drafting some of a novel, and develop a regular writing habit.
4) Make progress on bags and piles in the garage (this involves sorting and framing art pieces, finding places for supplies and books, and etc.)

heu mihi
*Research:*
1. Submit my manuscript to the interested publisher. I have a full draft of everything but the conclusion, and I've just reread/re-revised the introduction, but the five subsequent chapters need their own rereadings and re-revisions. I would like to have it sent out by November 1.
2. Plan/outline/research an article that would come out of a conference paper I delivered last year.
3. Submit an abstract to a conference (due late October).
4. Meditate four times a week. It's a habit that I've been wanting to establish, and I need it.

humming42
1 As ever, write 5x/week
2 Submit manuscript
3 Submit grant proposal
4 Find funding for December conference presentation
5 Submit abstract for photo essay
6 Submit Snow abstract
7 Catch up with co-author and resume Talk project

JaneB
1) self-care, self-care, self-care.
2) Research, money acquisition - get rid of the GrantINeverShouldHaveStarted, get a full draft of GallimaufreyGrant written.
3) Research, writing - don't start anything new until the current horde are out of the gates. I got a lot of stuff pushed from things I ought to do to actively being worked on this summer, so now just to keep it moving... Here's the current list, to be annoying
3a) ProblemChild1 and PC2 - hopefully submitted last week but no news yet from co-authors.
3b) PC3 - waiting for co-author to write their sections next week, then the discussion needs drafting, deadline of end of September for a special issue (AARGH)
3c) Tagalong paper - with co-authors for final checking, should be submitted by the end of September
3d) Gallimaufrey Review - a cast of tens, driving me nuts, but more herding than long slog on my part. end of December submission desired.
3e) MScPaper - a revise and resubmit to a new journal.
3f) Ferrett - needs the figures finalising and a final check of references, then will be ready to submit.
3g) PickyPaper - my baaaaaby, about half drafted and keeps changing shape. This will take up any quality writing time I can get my hands on.
3h) ExcessivePaper and SurprisePaper are both with journals at the moment, so waiting for comments. SpecialIssuePaper is awaiting proofs (submitted the R&R last December, accepted 4th Sept, have 3 days to do proofs sometime during my leave, sigh...)

I have allowed too much to get onto my plate at once, with these, and hope to have a much shorter list by the end of the session.

4) Other Academic Stuff that is TLQ - I'd like to spend a little time working on the new second year modules this semester before they are urgent. I have some ideas about incorporating group work and mini-projects, and know from past experience that with multiple academics involved and general student dislike of group work that this will work a LOT better if it's really carefully designed and planned and practiced, for this first year. And that takes time.
5) Stuff For Me - I want to finish a big crochet blanket/hanging project, and complete NaNoWriMo - I'm thinking of working on several short stories set in my fictional university setting (Department of effectively Magic based in a normal middling sort of contemporary university, which has exchange arrangements with a University in a parallel world where magic/fantasy elements are standard and technology levels lower - what with the talking cats (no-one is sure if that was an accident or an Evil Plan overtaken by events), non-human exchange students and staff, a dragon living in the boiler room (helps with the budget juggling) and students who keep trying to use mobile phones in zones where they really can alter the nature of reality, there's plenty of material, and I haven't worked on short stories for ages, so...)

karen
1. I have a whole lot of research deliverables (to drop into business speak) that need to be done before the end of the year: co-authored conference paper, solo conference paper, co-authored curriculum paper, community project, dowry grant, grass work. To get these done with any quality and without major panics I need to make time for progress each week, so the session goal is probably something about process as well as product.
2. The curriculum project - complete draft needed by end of year to meet timelines.
3. I have grand garden visions, but if I can have a vegetable patch with the complete set of planned summer veg and repeat sowing I'll be happy.
4.Cultivate inner calm by moving, sleeping, declutter/organising and carrying out creative activities.

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KJHaxton
mantra: be sufficient
1. grapple with the scholarship and research issues and try to reach a plateau if not a conclusion and new direction. The current state of freefall with arms flailing cannot persist.
2. get to Christmas as intact as possible.
3. finish Machair blanket, beach cushions, and tree printing project.
4. Submit an article 

Matilda
1. Finish writing drafts of Chapters 1, 2.
2. Finish writing first drafts of Chapters 3, 4.
3. Finish outlines and structures of Chapters 5, 6.
4. Exercise every day.
5. Eat well.
6. Organise my day. 

Susan
1. Finish Way Outside paper, that was a summer goal
2. Write article review for journal
3. Write late book review
4. Do revise and resubmit
5. Get regular sleep, aiming for 7 hours a night
6. Keep moving
7. Make sure I do one thing for fun each week