As I begin writing this post, I can’t help but sigh heavily. To say that August has been a whirlwind of chaotic activity would be an understatement. But as it comes to a close and my special collections research ends (or at least is put on hold), I find myself struggling to get back into my old routine of writing and reading. Or rather, I need to find a new routine. Either way, productivity is down.
Part of this is simple burnout. I want and need a break. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I have approaching deadlines that require that I continue working and accept the last two days as break enough. As Tim Gunn says, “It’s time to make it work!”
So, since I’m not simply falling back into a work routine, reflection is in order to push past the feeling of being overwhelmed with “stuff” to do. What do I need to do? What is the first step(s) to getting it done? What is my priority? What can wait a while?
And to make this official, I’m sharing my “To Do” list, in prioritized order with any formal (or informal) due dates:
- Organize desk top. (It is a mess from the move still.) [X]
- Register for conference in Sept. [X]
- Reserve shuttle for Nov. conference. [X]
- Read and incorporate secondary sources into my current dissertation chapter. [in progress]
- Polish my current dissertation chapter.
- Submit to dissertation director before meeting on Sept. 15th. [X]
- Condense to conference presentation and submit to graduate student presentation contest by Sept. 18th. [X]
- Begin creating colloquium presentation (PowerPoint or Prezi) while on the topic.
- Attend and present at conference Sept. 25th-28th. [X]
- Finish preparing 40 minutes colloquium presentation paper/notes and visuals by Oct. 16th.
- Jump into next chapter (already begun but put on hold last semester), in particular to prepare for Nov. conference presentation.
- Prepare conference presentation by Nov. 5th.
- Attend and present at conference Nov. 5th-8th.
I think at that point in November I can afford to take a week or two off to recover.
And, just as I’m about to publish this post, I realize I left all my job application materials off the official list, so . . .
*1-13* Scatter job application prep, search, and submission throughout.