But on the other hand, there was a reason why I always looked forward to the beginning of a new school year or even a new semester when I was a was on the other side of the education equation. At the beginning, anything is possible. You can see ways to be more productive, get tons accomplished, be the student or scholar you want to be. It's a time of renewal.
So in that spirit, I present my research/project agenda for the upcoming semester, a set of goals to keep me inspired when the grading threatens to drown me:
1. Revise book MS according to the suggestions of senior readers, write conclusion, and send off to publishers. deadline: September 15
2. Devise preliminary grants resource for people in my department: how to identify grants, sample proposals, how to navigate the Office of University Research. deadline: September 15; revise and expand throughout semester
3. Work on organizing co-edited volume with experienced co-conspirator. 3a: Draw up a list of people to
4. Pull together my own contribution for said volume. deadline: December 31
5. Organize annual undergraduate competition for Outside Project. deadline: December 1
6. Think about conferences, or organizing panels for same.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but this should keep me plenty busy -- unfortunately, most of this stuff is frontloaded, due by the beginning of October.
What about the rest of you? Come on -- the untouched semester lies before us, gleaming with promise, utterly unsullied by reality.