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Wednesday 21 March 2007
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Thomas C., 9:04 a.m.
This morning I woke up early enough to meditate AT HOME, and even to check my email for two minutes--and I didn't even email anyone back. So now I can feel that I can skip email for a few hours without ignoring anything crucial.
I just arrived on campus, and am at the library (where I am most productive). I didn't go to the computer lab, but came to one the bank of general-use computers at the front of the library.
So, to follow flexiblefine's advice from the thread I opened on habits and life-craziness:
* article--find out submission requirements, start changing article for submission
* call person at human subjects ("Institutional Review Board")
* class 2: surf library website for books on the topics that I generated yesterday in a brainstorm
* grant follow-up: send final report
* grade four papers, estimate how long all 40 will take
* email, websurf, probably lunch
Also, breaking things up into smaller chunks shows promise. That's what I'm trying to do, espec ially for large projects--break them up, start them earlier than I usually do (like class 2).
Thomas C., 12:50 p.m.
* found out article requirements, drafted proposal
* called person at IRB
* searched library website for class 2 prep (over an hour)
* emailed and websurfed news sites (surprisingly briefly)
* added up all transactions in checkbook, got a balance
I worked so hard and long that I was hungry by the time I news-surfed and emailed. I did it earlier than I had planned, but this is still real progress. Diving in first thing has just put me in a mood to work hard.
Also, I didn't finish the class 2 prep, but that was partly the point: learn to stop projects mid-stream and pick them up again tomorrow to finish--which I can. It was rather frustrating--I wanted to build a bibliography for all of the course topics in one shot, but it's better to learn to do that over time.
* grant follow-up
*grade 5 papers (ran into student, who handed it to me directly--cool)
* balance checkbook against bank's webpage
* pick up rest of papers from office
* send electronic comments to one student
* grade more papers
* leave at 4:45 p.m. to go home and work on house for realtor interview
Thomas C., 3:35 p.m.
Hitting the afternoon wall.
* followed up on the grant
* read two papers
In the last 20 minutes or so I've been reading news websites, and now I notice that I'm feeling tired. Time to get moving.
* Walk to my office, while calling two students.
* Email third student my comments
* balance checkbook
* read more student papers, and go home.
Lark's 10:00am CI
So much has to be done by the end of the month. I'm going to get some help with some of it, and at this point I fear it would make me feel weak or something to ask. My ego doesn't like that...
clean up workshop
(X)focus on project A
(X)brief period of housecleaning
make financial plan for rest of month
Rexroth 08.41 GMT
up prayer reflection meditation
deal with emails post phone messages
clean up in kitchen
work on files
work on craft project
out shopping chemist and milk
phone calls in evening
prayer and reflection
bed and sleep
Rexroth 13.37 GMT
Just fixed a craft machine which needed a small repair. It was a simple repair but not an easy one and I've done it and feel good about it.
Rexroth 19.19 GMT
It's early evening and I feel rough so I'm just going back to bed.
Rexroth 22.05 GMT
Felt a bit better so up again and got a bit done. Now going to bed and sleep.
Good night Folks