I had so much to do yesterday. (And even more today, because I didn't get my stuff done.) I'm freaking out about my chapter and want to get a draft of it in this Friday, except when I counted my subsections, even if I finished one subsection a day it that would be past Friday. Yesterday I got a lot done unbolding problems on one section, but I didn't finish them all. Grumph. Grah. Maybe turn it in on Tuesday?
I worked about three hours on it and was quite proud of myself, since I usually can't stretch it that long. (I have a limited number of moments to successfully write transitions and topic sentences per day.) This was early in the morning. Then I read for class and got most of it done. Then I looked at the stack of papers I needed to grade if I was going to be on track for handing them back.
Then I looked at the stack of papers I needed to grade if I was going to be on track for handing them back.
Then I had student meetings and sent students emails and had a TA meeting which ran late into the night.
So all of this is to say that I finally put together everyone's comments about how hard it is to do research while on a heavy teaching load ... something which I've always said I understood but thought, "but what if you just crammed a little block of writing early in the morning? I'm sure grading takes different brain muscles anyway." Doesn't matter. Sitting there and writing takes all my willpower and then there's none left to do something else unpleasant. I can see how if you have lots of classes, the effort of forcing yourself to keep up on the grading takes priority. And I didn't even have to write the lecture for yesterday, just listen to it.
I need to:
- finish the last of this week's reading
- prep for section
- grade 10 (?) essays
- get stuff ready for a paper norming session
- do the stuff I said I'd do about the midterm
- help set up a guest lecture
- clean the huge pile of filthy dishes in the kitchen
- oh yeah, either finish revising that chapter subsection or jump into another one