Friday, December 30, 2005

Vacation is hard work

No, I'm not channeling W. I'm feeling very tired. For no good reason. Yes, I've been working on my proposal and doing a little grading and a little tidying up. But I've mostly been lying around on the couch. I haven't been exercising. I'm thinking about doing that today or tomorrow. I'm really not looking forward to going back to work. It's not that I don't want to work. It's just that I don't like the idea of going to a specific place and doing "work" for a certain amount of time. It has been blissful to be able to work for a couple of hours and take breaks. I may have to institute this same kind of working method at work.

In looking ahead at all the things I want to do over the next semester, I'm wondering how I'm going to fit it all in. I want to exercise regularly, write the dissertation, and of course, maintain my regular life. I'm not sure I can do it all. I've been thinking about the best schedule for dissertating since I have to fit it in around work. I'm thinking I might be able to do some time early in the morning now that it's getting lighter. I think I will have to try it and see if it works. I feel a little like the Little Engine That Could. I keep telling myself, "I think I can. I think I can." And then I just have to do it. If I think about it too much, I get overwhelmed. I have thoughts like, "I know someone's out there doing this better." But then I have to remind myself that that doesn't matter. All that matters is that I do it.

Tomorrow, I planning a no screens day. I might even extend that to Sunday. I may spend a little time writing on the proposal, but otherwise, I'm not going to look at a screen. I may have to go buy a book. :) I've read all the ones around here.

I leave you for the weekend with my resolutions:

1. Finish the dissertation
2. Finish the dissertation
3. Have fun.

Kind of simple this year.