De maygustibus non disputandem est!
I realize some of you are not on the North American semester system, indeed not in the Northern Hemisphere; and some of you are on quarters and will be teaching for awhile yet; and others will be traveling. Keep your own rhythms in mind as you set goals. If you’re just “touching” your project until June, don’t worry about people who have finished their grading and are ratcheting up word counts. If you feel like you need to get a lot done at the beginning of the summer to allow time for plans later (like, say, being glued to the TV for hours a day during the Tour de France [not looking in a mirror here or anything]), then ignore everyone in real or virtual life who says “Relax, have some vacation,” because you know that will come later.
This iteration will run 15 weeks, with the last Monday-morning planning session being 19 August. That will be my last week before classes start, and I count my “real” summer as ending that week.
Here’s the list of participants and their projects:
Allan Wilson (formerly known as kiwi2)
write and submit Cox 1
polish dissertation for September defense
write review article
submit Article J
Dame Eleanor Hull
complete rough translation of all my assigned chunks of Translation Project
finish draft of Slow Perk article
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
finish Article B
research, plan, and outline the first chapter of Projected Book
finish MS for Revised Book Project (RBP)
complete Grant Article
finish Article RT
edit, introduce, translate short medieval text and submit it for review.
submit Article H
combine two conference papers into one article
revise article draft for publication
contain the Many-headed Monster: about 20pp more of Head 4, ~15 pages introduction, groom the hair on Heads 1, 2, and 3.
clone Small Paper from Big Paper and submit both
write Conference Paper B
finish/polish draft of Cutting Edge Research Book (CERB)
finish Book Spinoff article
turn WGS Project into finished essay
4 chapters of Reincarnation Book (fiction)
Revise and resubmit Floyd
revise paper for submission as article
complete draft of Methods Paper
Finish one chapter of book project
Design Fancyproject; write up grant application for Fancyproject
finish article for Big Name Journal
Paper on the darker side of mestizaje
produce a detailed plan for Book Two
So: it’s Monday morning, the week stretches ahead, and we have interesting, absorbing work to do. What part of your project are you going to address this week? Are you setting goals in terms of time, product, or both? Are you doing conceptual work, writing pages, gathering material, or what? Allow me to suggest that you set a realistic goal that you can be sure to meet by next Monday, so that you can feel successful and then build on that success.