Yesterday was a very unproductive day (morning and all afternoon), I looked over at this huge pile of exams, sitting nicely on my desk, and I thought ‘there is NO WAY, I’m going to work on this on Monday and get the final grades in by Tuesday.’ Therefore, I stayed up until 3AM and got about 50 exams out of the way. I even alphabetized them as well because I had to see whether I had any missing exams.
Today was a better day, I went to mass in the morning (around 10AM) with my roommate and then just blazed through the remaining exams and finish at 4PM. I had breaks in between. It’s now 6:15PM and I’m going to start working on my dissertation work at 6:30PM. I work better when I have set blocks. For example, I kept pushing myself to start and finish at a specific time and I would reward myself by giving myself ‘breaks.’ I had a total of 3 breaks in between grading and working on my dissertation. For example, I used my first break to have lunch, my second break-I went outside for a walk, and my third is now (ends at 6:30PM) which writing this blog and listening to music (LOVE Pandora!). If you’re a procrastinator like me and you want to start getting work done, try this method! Hope it works for you too! Remember, reward yourselves with breaks and keep checking the time.
I’m headed back home at the end of this week and I do not know how to feel because of all the BS going on (ie. my dad’s previous boss). I think we may take them to court and that in itself is a whole ordeal and just time consuming. They have this week to settle this outside of court, but we will see how it goes (I will update you on this). But I think it will be a good thing to spend time with my family, we are not as stressed out or distraught like the previous weeks.
Also, it’s not vacation mode yet, because once I get home I have to work on this online course I will run in January. Guess what? My online course is already filled up, I currently have 30 students!!! So, I have to set up the lectures and assignments and have it ready Mid-January. I will start working on this on Saturday, because Thursday I will be headed back home and I will probably be tired from my trip and then Friday I have to go sign the paperwork for this job I will start in February!!!! I will be a research associate at a research center!! can you believe?! I still can’t believe this!!! I guess this PhD did really paid off and the best thing is that my job is in the same state where I live, so I can commute (1hr) from home to work. Anyways, I will go into detail about this another time.
Anyways, hopefully you had a productive weekend!!! better yet, a relaxed weekend!! I will start having those in February : )