With any luck, this post will be going up Friday morning -- I'm trying Blogger's pre-scheduling thingy, because I'm taking off in a couple of hours to spend 48 hours visiting friends out of town. A few days after that, an out of town friend is coming to visit me for a few days. Then a week after that, I'm going to visit family for a week. And then there's 5 days left to my summer.
Kind of ironic that my least productive summer since the Great Depression of 2002 (and no, I'm not depressed this time) should be the one where I start up a group dedicated to productivity, no? But those of you who don't know me will just have to trust me when I say that slowing down for a summer is an act of effort for me.
And for those of you who do know me, you probably know that this low productivity is inducing regular spasms of panic. So it occurred to me that, with the end of the twelve weeks approaching, the semester looming, and all that, perhaps some of that panic was starting to set in among the ranks here. So that's the theme of this week: Do. Not. Panic. ALL IS LOST IF YOU PANIC!!! AAAHHHH!!
::ahem:: Excuse me.
Okay, so here's what I want you to do this week, right now, before you clock in your progress for next week and your specific goals for next week:
1. Deep breath. Think about what you got done this week.
2. Deep breath. Tell yourself that this last week is over and done with. If it wasn't as good as you wanted, let it go.
3. Three weeks left. Another deep, slow breath here. Get rid of panicky thoughts of the upcoming semester. Take as many breaths as necessary until you're there. This may take a few minutes. Now: What can you reasonably get done in the final three weeks? That is your new goal. Set an intention to get there.
4. One last deep breath. Tell yourself, with complete confidence: I can do this.
- ABDMama [Draft of an article MS]: Revise the second half of the article and have it set for peer review
- ADM [conference paper for Leeds; revision of paper after]: Get draft sent to journal; make plan for August
- Cly [revise article for publication & draft chapter for book]: article [NPhD: you mean, finish the revisions, I assume?]
- Dame Eleanor [Revising a conference paper into article MS]: mini-essay draft just to get words on paper
- Digger [drafts of two book chapters]: Work a couple of hours a day; write at least two good pages of the chapter I've been avoiding.
- Dr. Koshary [work on book MS]: Excused absence: moving this week
- Erika [Review-ready draft of an article MS]: edit 2 pages / day of article draft
- Frog Princess [rewrite Chapter 3; get another draft of the introduction]: look at documents in special collections and do some additional secondary reading; start poking at structure of ch. 3.
- Gillian [an article that needs writing]: planned incommunicado for another week while traveling
- Godiva [First draft of diss. chap.]: write 500 words/day on my documentary sources, and do some additional research
- Jeff [Review-ready draft of completed dissertation]: fix trainwreck section of last chapter; continue to wait for feedback
- Matilda [Draft of a publishable paper]: working through Week 9 section of WYJA; re-writing again the argument and introduction of task 1, submitting task 2, making a start on task 3
- NWGirl [Revising a conference paper into an article MS]: Finish introduction for upcoming conference presentation, plus revisions 2 hrs/day.
- Sapience [Prepare presentation of full dissertation for department]: Write at least a paragraph about each text I plan to cover, explaining what use I think it will be to my overall argument
- Scholastic Mama [Revising a conference paper into an article MS]: excused absence for faculty seminar, but will use the time to do some reading
- Susan [Revise & polish two chapters of a book MS]: do research to figure out if Great Idea will work
- Travelia [prepare book MS for review]: work seriously on revising the introduction to the MS
- Zabeel [Complete draft of an article]: one-week holiday planned
- Zcat abroad [write an article]: work on structuring an argument, and building up the word-count
- Audie [working on transitioning a dissertation chapter to an article]**
- Eileen [First draft of a dissertation chapter]*
- Firstmute [chapter draft; send out article]*
- J. Otto Pohl [Complete draft of 2/3-finished book MS]**
- Jen [Revising conference paper into article MS]**
- Kit: [Write the first draft of a dissertation chapter]*
- Mel [Finish dissertation!]**
- Scatterwriter [Complete expansion/revision of an article MS]*
- Tigs [Completed diss draft]*