Geeky Mom (who is, by the way, the #1 hit on Google for "geeky mom") had a great idea in a recent post: academic year resolutions (an idea followed up by George and I think someone else whom I can't find now). I decided that I really needed to do this, to think specifically about what I want to achieve this year, rather than let time slip by me unnoticed, which is what I usually do. After all, the beginning of a new school year is much more of a new start for me than January 1, when not very much changes (even the beginning of spring semester is surrounded by plenty of continuity). However, I think that I need to focus a little more and just stick with fall semester for the moment.
So, what are my resolutions? or goals/plans?
- to stay on top of my class prep/grading so that I'm not frantic and I'm not making students wait for their work (plan: to map all assignments/grading into my planner from the start, so I know what's coming and when things have to be done, and then actually to LOOK at my planner!)
- to have conversations with colleagues about how I can improve student response to my teaching here (plan: schedule some conversations!)
- to make significant progress on the book, by
- compiling all the book material I currently have written, printing it out, putting it (roughly) in order, and seeing exactly where I stand
- writing a book proposal and sending it out to publishers by the end of the fall semester (in time for third year review!)
- writing/working on my research regularly - at least 5x a week (even if only for 15 minutes at a time) (this is a perennial resolution, it seems...) (plan: write research time into my planner as part of my schedule, as an appointment with myself that I can't break)
- to maintain a research profile/agenda apart from the book, by
- to make my physical health a priority (plan: cut out a lot - not all, but a lot - of sweets and to exercise at least 3x a week - more appointments with myself!)
- to track where my money goes more closely, and work on spending less of it (plan: not absolutely sure, but it should probably involve balancing my checkbook more frequently...at least being more mindful of what I'm doing)
- to continue to work on surviving this whole long-distance marriage thing, and figuring out ways that we can stop being long-distance (plan: still looking for the magic bullet on this one!)
I think I need to print out this list and put it somewhere where I'll see it regularly (perhaps a few somewheres...). And I'll check in periodically to report progress (or lack thereof).
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get started....