It was Clearing this week, the time of year when UK students get their school leaving exam results and either confirm their university places or look for places due to unexpectedly good or bad results, so the media is full of stories about how results do or don't matter, numbers (generally record-breaking) and attractive, shiny, grinning, leaping students clutching their precious pieces of paper. We still have a couple of weeks of this group to run, UK semesters don't start until late Sept/early Oct, and southern hemisphere members are at a completely different point in the academic year. However, my internet and physical world seems to be filling up with 'back to school' messages - in the UK children return to school at the end of August or in early September, and just about every company selling something is sending out messages about how important it is to buy some of their products for Back to School. Students are tweeting and facebooking their excitement about going/going back to uni, recent graduates wishing they could come too, and although the trees are still the heavy green of August it feels like they're on borrowed time.
So for a slightly frivolous topic this week, after what seems to have been a difficult summer in different ways for nearly everyone, I thought I'd ask you to suggest some perfect products we should be stocking up on for our Back To School(University) bags. Me, I'd like to be able to buy:
- The Dame's Bugge Spray, now on special offer - every bottle of Bugge Spray (enabling research productivity in any ten minute gap you can find, rather than procrastination) comes with a FREE trial size of Silencing Mist, perfect for use on obnoxious colleagues who insist on telling you how much they achieved over the summer or on yourself when you just need to indulge in a therapeutic scream or rant before putting your professional face back on
- Attractamints: leave a pack out on your desk overnight, and you'll return to find the marking elves have been, finished up all the tests, and tidied your papers whilst they were still on a sugar high from eating the treats.
- Readalot Glue: apply to syllabi and textbooks, your students literally will not be able to put them down until they've read every word!
- 'Sunterday', an extra 24 hour add-on to slot into your weekend when needed, perfect for recharging on the go
Last week's goals:
(from week 11)
1. the ethics app - now pretty much urgent
2.exercise 4 times
3. work on any one paper that I WANT to work on, that is not immediately urgent, for 2 hours.
4. write emails to friends JB, LA and AH
1) nightly check in (food, to do list, daily celebration)
2) write daily
3) finish cleaning out clothes + reorg clothes portion of closet
4) menu planning/grocery shopping
5) progress on WGWLS (study questions for a book, chapter by chapter)
1) Get computer updating/backup stuff to a stopping point by mid-week; make notes on next steps
2) Take a long weekend break Thurs. - next Tues. (but check in briefly here), in a last attempt at rejuvenation.
3) Focus on activities that have gotten slighted so far -- swimming & walking -- as well as sleep (not doing so well on that one right now). Don't work on garden (except brief watering) during break unless I really feel like it. Ditto for household straightening: fine if I feel like it, but also fine to just sit and read amid the (now-slightly-diminished-but-by-no-means-vanquished) chaos.
Daisy (in the field for four weeks)
Read for an hour three times for the literature review.
One positive thought/thought of gratitude every morning.
1) read 2-3 chapters or articles
2) spend 4 solid hours writing/editing chapter
3) prep slide show for prof dev activity
4) stock up on food and pick at least one new recipe to try
5) walk dog 3x, swim once
1. finish book review 1
2. make significant progress on Upcoming Article
3. read book for book review 2
4. get caught up on grading
(from week 10)
1. Exercise daily.
2. Make list of things to do.
3. Don’t dawdle with household chores.
1) academic work: conf talk, abstracts, prep materials, comments on draft, phone convo with PDF, prepare for meetings 1 & 2, keep up with email. Want: polish section of group paper, stats book, form for grant
2) decluttering and domestic environment work:
3) Things for rejuvenating JaneB: watch GBBO and crochet! Reacquaint self with NaNoNovel. Book holiday/travel stuff, garden centre, gym, stationary, diary fillout, sleep patterns, meet sis
1. Use presentation on P! to push me to do more reading and writing on it.
2. Use research lunch to talk about some reading for P2.
3. Use pomodoro to keep evening work focused instead of half lost on internet distractions, and keep reasonable bedtimes.
(a) continue with scary project and get presentation and research tool done.
(b) work out the issues with gemstone paper (e.g. stop sulking and get on with it.
(c) devise some small projects that can be done over the academic year and lead to papers.
Let's Do This
No goals set
1) Write up Chapter 1.
2) Start to prepare for my presentation on 22th August
a. read/comment on 2 articles I didn't get to from last week
b. writing (cut-paste-freewrite) on 3 articles read so far, AS PART Of ongoing draft of HA article
c. get some exercise & do something w/kids each day
d. go to bed on time, write in gratitude journal, and don't "stress before bed"
1. Chapters 2 and 3
3. keep exercising