We’re three weeks in, and starting a new calendar month—that may give you a jolt of energy, whether you’re working on the transition to a summer schedule, just getting free of other commitments, or arriving in a new place.
A thought for the week is that things take time. Writing takes time, paying bills takes time, working out takes time. Maybe it would be better to think about “spending time” than “taking time”; you can be more generous with time, offering your favorite pastimes its largesse like a medieval lord giving gifts to his liege men. We live in a world that valorizes multi-tasking, efficiency, energy, 24/7 availability, despite research showing that multi-tasking makes you less efficient, as does lack of sleep, as does lack of leisure. But we can question and resist the emphasis on hurry-rush-now.
This is why I suggest keeping track of how long things take. I now know, for instance, that I can rough-translate 100 lines in 30-45 minutes, and that on average I can “groom” a translation at half that rate. Working at this pace on my project for this writing group means I can also get other work done. None of it is instantaneous. If I’m working on one thing, I’m not doing anything else. But at least I can give myself to that one thing.
What will you do for your one thing, this week?
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