Monthly Archives: January 2010

Productivity Helpers

I am actually getting work done. I think it’s due impart to a great application on my computer called SelfControl. It’s only for Macs and it is so great. You type into the app which websites you want to prohibit yourself from visiting and then set the timer. You will not be able to access these sites for the time set. And you can’t undo the app by turning on and off your computer, or uninstalling the app. Of course facebook is the first website on the list, but of course there are others like hulu and jcrew.com that are on there. I have a whole list of time wasting sites that I have on there. This app is truly a step in the right direction.

Another thing I have done is made action plans for all the tasks I need to complete. I got this from the time management workshop. I have all these big things I need to do and I broke them down into really manageable steps. I like to cross things off my list, so this should aid in that. School starts next week and one of the action plans are for my syllabus. I have a syllabus pretty much done, but I would like to read through it. I don’t know if that’s an unreasonable stressor I have placed on myself, but this is the first time I’m teaching my own class. So I want everything to be right. The first step on my action plan – print syllabus. I said small and achievable actions. That should be crossed off in no time!

New Year, New Post

I’m not going to post any resolutions to be more productive or manage my time better. However, I would like to do both of those things. The one resolution I did make was to write my dissertation this year. I don’t see why that’s not possible. To that end I signed up for a time management workshop that will take place tomorrow. Also, I have about three weeks for my break. The first week is coming to an end tomorrow, which leaves me two weeks until school starts. I started the month wanting to write three chapters in three weeks…and I think I can do it. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s actually happening. I have a pretty considerable amount done for this chapter and I’m ready to start another tomorrow or Friday. I have a lot to do, because I also need to prepare for the class I teach next semester and work on a paper for potential publication.

Also, good news! I was invited on a job visit, for which I must prepare a job talk and a class lecture. So that recent development has spurred me to write. So I’m trying to move along.