Topic of the week: the real schedule.
If you’re like me, you begin the semester with all sorts of good intentions about when you will get up, how much sleep you will get, which slots in the week will get used for grading, writing, exercise, and so on.
Then the schedule totally goes to hell.
Along about now, I figure out what actually works. No, it will not be possible to get up at 5:00 and go to the gym, but it is possible to get up at 6:00 and go for a walk. Taking time out to write in the middle of the day not only works but means that the night class doesn’t get me so wired that I can’t sleep afterwards (something about the restorative effect of quiet time reading and writing, I think). Nonetheless, the day after the night class is just not going to be productive. Give it up to recovery and errands, and work on the weekends and early in the week, instead.
How about you? What is the real schedule turning out to be?
The goal list:
alloverthemap: no check-in.
Amstr: 1) draft 6000-10,000 words of chapter, 2) read as necessary, 3) freewrite 3×20 min. (or as often as I’m stuck), 4) finish Ch. 3 revision pass (by Mon.)
Another Postdoc: draft the other sections of this paper.
Bavardess: Proposal – Draft the rest of my historiography section; first draft of my theoretical framework, including definition of terms; Article – complete footnotes/any additional citations for pp.1-5.
cly: finish a grant application and try to extract my teaching dossier from a finicky external hard drive.
Comrade PhysioProf: drink a cup of something that ain’t fucken tea.
Contingent Cassandra: Make progress on P project work, especially overdue correspondence, as possible; Do MLA DH workshop application.
Daisy: dropping out. We wish you well!
Dame Eleanor Hull: get closer to two hours/day of research; send a draft of the revised proposal to recommenders and to someone else who offered to read it. See if I can move forward with the MMP and translation project, as well.
Dr. Virago: finish this damn editing job so I can get back to the writing!
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: Finish the other half of the outline.
emmawriting: delay e-mail; Examine LOI template carefully and draft ideas; paper 1: Finish factor analysis writeup; paper 2: Plan/start short-article writing; Push other research forward
Erinys: no check-in.
GEW: 15 min per day, six days for a total of 1.5 hours. (Possible tasks: work on primary source explication in chapter five, review important quotations from from primary or secondary sources and type them into document.)
highly eccentric: skeleton out my paper for ANZAMEMS & identify further research; do same for PhD proposals.
historisusan/professorsusan: start reading all the stuff I identified — that should be about two weeks’ work; keep Tuesday and Friday as research days.
humming42: will check in October 5-6. I hope to have the editing and revising for chapter 2 done by then, along with marking the sections that require new research and writing.
JaneB: 1) get the appendix and figures sorted, circulate the manuscript 2) review the status and make a work-plan for the few-author paper (goal b) 3) sort out travel plans for the paper I’m giving in October
JLiedl: Draft outline for October keynote; write 1000 words.
jmmcswee: (1) Convert my book notes to written work, (2) read 5 more articles for my paper, and begin a solid intro, and (3) Put 500 words (regardless of quality) into my comprehensive.
John Spence: another page of transcription into a ‘first edit’; check out one other possible source to rule it in or out; working on an index for my book (20 pages of book).
Kirstin: no check-in.
kiwi2: Final rewrite of Paper X before sending to a senior co-author this week. Second, to complete a final batch of lab work (2 days) which will complete the “story” I have for Paper Y. And, to SUBMIT the revisions for my most hated paper.
kiwimedievalist: no check-in
Kris: read up on relational autonomy and write notes.
luolin88: 1/2 hour Monday and Friday.
Matilda: continue to read the first part of the main material/ read the starting-point book/ write at least 15 minutes a day
meansomething: 1) 500 words; some necessary research; an hour of experimenting with the form of the lyric essay 2) 4 20-minute sessions on poem sequence.
metheist: no check-in.
Notorious Ph.D.: work at least 90 minutes every day (preferably mornings), in which I a) finish integrating the “found” material with the more recent writing; b) do markup and figure out where I need to make changes; c) skim and take notes on 2 books that just came in.
nwgirl: Revise the newly combined AB/J section, smooth out the transitions, and skim related library book that just came in. To do this, I need to work at least 1 hour/day on teaching days and 3 hours/day on non-teaching days.
Pika: complete draft of part 2.
Pilgrim/Heretic: more of the same. Morning writing, 2,000 words for the week.
Premodern: 45 minutes of writing first thing every day.
rented life: no check-in.
Salimata: decide on a paper by actually reading the two candidates: print them out and take with me on train! also, read/do Argument chapter from Belcher, also on train. 15 minutes a day.
Sapience: write a rough draft of the 10-15 minute presentation I have to give for my defense, try to get at least another 700 words done on the article.
Sisyphus: a) Make a list of small tasks that still need to be done! b) set aside at least 15 minutes every day to chip away at these small tasks! if not c) an actual prose-revising session on any day I can muster the energy!
sophylou: do some writing, any writing, no time limit, just some writing; read over at least one notebook relating to project (airplane time!); if time, go through last two books and track heroine’s consumption.
tracynicholrose: Follow-up memo on BE analysis; 1st draft of internal grant for next study; finish edits on P&P paper.
Trapped in Canadia: review sources for conference paper, write a whopping 400 words for that paper, write two tests for my classes, and finish that annoying book review.
Undine (Not of General Interest): 1500 words on chapter; finish conference paper and begin a reviewing project.
What Now?: 1) finish working through the primary sources, a finish line that is within sight; 2) finish reading a secondary source book that I started last week; and 3) 4 sessions of free-writing, 15 minutes each.
Widgeon: Finish revisions on conference paper. Start organizing files and notes to prepare for work on the chapter.
Z (Mictlantecuhtli/Profacero): place research time in morning rather than evening, or in addition to evening, so that a different kind of project planning can take place. Try working on new things in morning and old in evening, as in book in morning and fiction in evening. See about finding a place to work on fiction (not house or office).