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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Wednesday's Plan of Attack for Thursday
The thing that annoys me the most about being ABD is the lack of a concrete schedule. I have no more classes to work around, no exams to study for, and (now that I'm on a 12-month fellowship) no classes to teach. Big, wide open days where the only constraints are to drop N off at daycare at 8:00am and pick him up again at 4:30pm. I feel like I HAVE to accomplish something in that time, and if I don't, I feel like I've wasted a bunch of money on childcare, wasted time I should've been writing a few pages on the dissertation, and wasted time I should've been spending with my adorable toddler. It's a difficult situation.
This is Wednesday, and I have N home on Wednesdays. It's like our mid-week weekend; we have friends over, we play, we go to swimming lessons. But tomorrow is Thursday again, and I need a plan of attack. So here it is, in writing:
8:00-8:15am: drop N off at daycare. 9:00am: drop off car at dealer to fix the whistling windshield* 10:00am: at the University for a meeting with Prof. C about dissertation chapters 11:00-1:00pm: in the library, working on teaching and research statements 1:00pm: meeting with colleague to proofread an article for him 2:00-3:30pm: periodical search for case study I of Chapter Four 3:30pm: ride to dealership; drive home 4:30pm: pick up N
That's it. That's what I'm doing tomorrow.
*Better be covered under the warranty, or I'll be steamed.