Okay, that was without a doubt the longest first week of classes of my life. I was on campus everyday. Like an idiot, I thought that tutoring in a center instead of teaching a class would be more conducive to working on the diss. I thought that if I could leave my work at school, then my time would be my time. (As if time worrying about the diss is my time. HA!) What a crock! Instead, it turns out I spent so much time on campus, I feel like I'm always there.
Worse for the diss but very satisfying for my continuing sense of community and intellectual life, I'm assisting in this fascinating course and taking altogether too much time with it. In an attempt to gain control over my time, I'm trying to keep a schedule, using much-ignored laptop scheduling features. In fact, I tend to fill in what I'm doing after I do it, rather than using it to plan. (I don't bother to put in all the time I spend reading other people's blogs or checking and re-checking the damn Wiki. What is that school-I-thought-I-wanted-to-work-at doing? Helllllloooooo? I'm right here!) I think I have to put up parameters around my time, say to myself that I will work for this length of time on the Fascinating Class and no more. Not my strong point, especially when I can ignore the Boring Diss Chapter writing in favor of the Fascinating Class. (This all draws on my complicated theory of counter-irritants. I am the kind of person who will willingly do my dishes when I'm avoiding working on something else. But if there's nothing I'm avoiding, the dishes pile up in my sink until there are no utensils left, like this week. So if I have something I don't want to do for my Fascinating Class, perhaps I can get some diss work done!)
But inspired by Dr. Four Eyes and her posts on working in brief, daily sessions (BDS, which suggests to me some awful bowel dysfunction, but maybe that's me), I've begun not allowing myself to read email or blogs until I freewrite on work matters! Unlike making a schedule or setting an alarm clock, this works. Thanks, Dr. Four Eyes! Without you and that great tidbit, I wouldn't have even begun my ramblings for my proposal to Cool Conference.