So I'm doing Top Left Quadrant this term because I do so much better with constant reflection and planning and accountability.
I just spent the last month pretty jazzed about my renewed engagement with Secondary Field, my original field that I love. I need to blog about that actually. This is a huge priority for me, though I find it difficult to find time during the day for it. (But I proved to myself that I really can manage to do a lot at night or even in the morning if motivated.)
So here are the big goals, most of which feel impossible at the moment (but I didn't get enough sleep either):
-Keep up Secondary Field momentum. How best to do this is something of a question. (Just do it. Any old way, some part of me begs.)
-Schedule and be firm about making enough time to properly prep and grade for the intensive classes I have this quarter. (My family is very home-based, and I plan to be at home more this quarter, but this means doing work at home, which is sometimes very difficult for me to do. I just need to be firm about it -- not angry and panicked because I'm already too far behind. This really is my problem rather than the family's problem.) Next step: figuring out times when I can regularly schedule work time.
-Stay engaged with my child's homeschooling (though my partner is definitely going to have to pick up on that). To make that concrete, I'd say that I should make sure to do at least two sessions with him a week or take two classes together per week (which are already on our scheduled actually, though as the weather turns, I imagine we'll want to stay home more). This should be okay, but since I've never balanced work and homeschooling before, I'm nervous about it.
-Maintain gardening, composting (order that composter!), and holidays/family traditions through the term.
-Take care of myself: get enough sleep; eat good vegan food as often as possible (and no going to work with no food!); take supplements; exercise at least twice a week; try to catch up with the doctors, especially the eye doctor -- also find new doctors since the move; consider meditation or use writing as meditation; let loose sometimes (go out for drinks with Mentor). Take that yoga class already?
-Keep up minimal research in my Primary field enough to not have to go insane right before a conference. This means getting some reading and some notes done. Next step: schedule?? I really only need an hour or so per week for this. (I want to focus my attention on Secondary Field for a while, which I get to do because I've already turned in my tenure dossier.)
-If possible, write some notes about intensive classes I'm teaching.
This is already really helpful as I think about how to make these ideas and goals concrete.
With the rest of this week?
-Prep for Monday.
-Exercise once between now and Sat.
-Do at least one more homeschooling session between now and Sat.
-Take care of self re: food, etc.
-Do 1/2 hr at least two days between now and Sat.
And now I have to get up and get myself to work. But this is good. After working until midnight last night, I feel much more calm and centered going into my day. I really want to avoid panic as much as possible this term.