After the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, with family over at Christmas, Tairua-Pauanui firework at New Year, walks and fish and chip picnics at the beach after warmer than warm days, and lots of board games during subtropical summer downpours, it’s now time to get down to work.
At the end of 2015, I checked out ten texts from the University of Auckland library, which need to be returned by February 10th. That means reading and taking notes on two per week between now and then. That’s the goal, anyway. Then in February, when I would normally be meeting my students for the new school year, I will revisit the data analysis begun last year.
An exciting thought. Sleep till wake instead of 5am alarm. Commute ten steps to study instead of ten minute drive to classroom. Quiet to think instead of colleagues’ chatter. However, no bells to keep me on task, an easy track to fridge and beach, and husband’s company to enjoy.
Need for strategies. Chill till 9.00. Eight hour day punctuated with: fifteen minutes’ work in garden, dash to letterbox, texts to family members, lunch on deck, beach stride to stimulate thought. Time Management by Google calendar log. An honest day’s work set aside at 6.00.
Goal: A thesis written and submitted by November.
- January: reading catchup
- February, March, April, May: Data analysis and writing
- June, July, August: First draft finalised and submitted to supervisors for feedback
- September: Three months notification of submission
- September, October, November: Second and final draft written and submitted, and examination date set.
I am very much looking forward to the privilege and also the responsibility of my twelve months study leave award.