Last week we had some really helpful discussion in the comments about managing energy levels and figuring out how to use time usefully. Let’s try a fun topic this week, also picking up on a brief thread in last week’s comments: what are your favorite office supplies, and how do you use them?
Four paragraphs (or extra commentary if you want), check in by 6:00 p.m. U. S. Central Time on Sunday. See you in the comments!
Alloverthemap: no check-in
Amstr: 1) keep reading for Ch. 2, 2) freewrite 2x20min., 3) make a first revision pass on Ch. 3, 4) resubmit revised abstract to writing partner.
Another Postdoc: switch from the topic that was the “one big thing” (book proposal) to an essay; write out the data description section of this paper.
Bavardess: Complete one thematic chunk (H1 and H2) of the historiography section; refine definition of terms ; draft up a two-page skeleton with the main sections and related key texts for supervisors.
Cly: send the article away, write an outline for the chapter and make progress on ANOTHER job application. At least I will try to accomplish something from that list…
Comrade PhysioProf: Checked in (type up Specific Goals?).
Contingent Cassandra: Figure out what I can realistically do on the P project before mid-Oct. conference; move that forward and/or get back to J article-in-progress. Catch up on P project correspondence.
Daisy: no check-in
DEH: continue the attempt to have 2 hours a day for reading/writing/ research. Do something each day to Move Forward. Revise fellowship application and send it to recommenders.
Dr Virago: give *some* attention to the invited article and the review essay.
EAM: outline the article.
Emmawriting: MC5 online and collecting data; one grant proposal draft fully done, including data analysis for pilot data; one service thing.
Erinys: Build a framework. Strip the diss of anything relevant. Put it in the article in some sort of order. Work one hour/day on the article.
GEW: 15 min per day, six days for a total of 1.5 hours. (Possible tasks: Work on intro and methods for chapter five, type quotations from primary source, finish chapter I started reading.)
Highlyeccentric: re-arrange the content according to the colour code, and give it some semblance of argument or at least headings.
humming42: Figure out chapter order.
JaneB: 1) have a complete ‘final draft’ version of the multi-author paper and circulate it to the rest of the team (goal a), 2) review the status and make a work-plan for the few-author paper (goal b), 3) write the first draft of an administative duty report which is due 1st October, 4) write on at least 5 days.
J Liedl: Complete chapter and do one round of revisions so it can go to series editor.
jmmcswee: (1) Solidify comprehensive topic with a concrete outline. (2) Convert all my book notes into written work. (3) Read 5 articles (with written notes) for my paper. (4) Say ‘no’ more often to tasks that I am not responsible for.
John Spence: Excused absence; will report next week.
Kirstin: write for at least 15 minutes every day this week.
Kiwimedievalist: Actually work on something academic – re-writing an introduction to a set of collected essays. Try and get this done on Tues and Thurs, particularly.
Kiwi2: draw the damn graphs. I also have some revisions to do on a paper, but that is secondary to the graphs.
Kris: collect up all necessary materials and readings for a more powerful methodology discussion; read at least two sources for the discussion.
meansomething: 1) another 1,000 words on lyric essay; 2) 5 20-minute sessions on poem sequence.
Luolin88: 1/2 hour Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with an emphasis on Sucking Less and moving the article forward at least a bit.
Matilda: continue to read the first part of the material/ a book relevant to the topic of my presentation in November
metheist: Change tactic. Write my introduction because I am going to present it to a seminar here.
Notorious, Ph.D.: write 200 words a day.
nwgirl: Work on AB section and combine with J section.
Pika: finish the 0.5 section of part 1 that I didn’t manage yet. Start working on part 2 (which is really the main thing) and finish half of it.
Pilgrim/Heretic: focus back on writing, stick to my morning schedule, and really get 2,000 words down.
Premodern: 3 2-hour blocks of reading and writing; 1500 words.
Professorsusan: I have two full days for writing, and I want to poke around and figure out my structure/focus. It will mean lots of dipping in and out. I will also try to do the cutting editing stuff at night.
Rented Life: Finish book T, start book D. Write 2 times (minimum) this week–no time limit.
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: revise the dissertation abstract, order the rest of the books and articles I need for the review article I’m supposed to write.
Sisyphus: brainstorm a way to fix my schedule. Then I’ll try the same goal list as last week.
Sophylou: read and note one article. Start (for the umpteenth time) difficult book in field. And skim through at least two of the four of the novels the article is about and note every time the heroine makes a purchase.
tracynicholrose: Finish edits on P&P paper and send to co-authors; continue work on TS intro; reread LM paper.
Trapped in Canadia: write six lectures and mark fifty primary source analyses to mark.
Undine: 1500 words on the chapter and begin work on a conference paper.
WhatNow?: Five hours of work; plus, actually start writing.
Widgeon: Two full research/writing days. Complete revisions for 9/25 talk. Read and take notes on sources.
Z: The same concept as ever: seven total research blocks; can fall back to six; blocks are supposed to be 2.5 hours long each but can be shorter, even much shorter; the point is continuity and not being distracted, no matter what.