Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Goals and progress

Those two goals I set for myself in my last post? About writing every day and finishing a draft of the proposal? Neither happened.

But I don't want to focus on the negative. Instead, I'll take credit for doing a lot of work on the proposal yesterday. I pulled out a notebook (because for the life of me I can't put my thoughts directly into the computer) and restarted the proposal. I wrote for an hour, and then pulled out the proposal draft and decided what I wanted to keep and what needed to go. Much progress. Still not done, but much progress.

On an academic and personal note, I also set up a time budget for myself. I don't know if this will work or not, but I set up a spreadsheet where I can record the hours I spend each week on diss work, teaching, prep, tv watching, blog reading, etc. I don't do well with a rigid schedule, but this time budget might work. I'm hoping it will. I've not been as motivated as I should be lately.

My goals for this week:
1) write every day
2) finish a solid proposal draft
3) email draft to committee

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