Anyway for this coming semester, I am intending to try something new to me. I know other people have suggested it before (not least of all over at ProfHacker), but this are the guidelines I've drawn up for myself in a very rough draft.
I'm posting them here because some of you might find it interesting, but moreover, I want feedback-- what am I missing? Tips? Tricks? Thoughts?
Graduate School as a 9-5 Job
- Get to the library no later than 9 or 9:15 every morning, or early morning classes on time.
- Bring lunch almost every day. Now we have a fridge in Gilman. Bring water bottle/coffee mug. Good for the budget too. (I just bought the cutest bento box...)
- Leave the library no later than 5 or 5:15.
- Develop a system and stick to it to manage procrastination and off-task noodling.
- Keep a comprehensive to-do list. Use springpad, add deadlines.
- Keep a calendar.
- Schedule in some break times.
- Keep a timesheet? (Spreadsheet?)
- Find a good place to work.
- Keep tabs on work efficiently, Take notes.
- Add readings and research materials to Zotero ASAP.
- Find out which classes have papers and try to get them in/started before leaving at the end of the term.
- Make sure notes will be helpful when you review them two years later (ahem).
- turn off distractions while working. limit them to break time or evenings/weekends.
- Keep netflix subscription. Actually watch things.
- eat and cook real food
- sleep on schedule and enough
- have real weekends
- go to New Haven, enjoy when AJ visits
- watch football
- papers done on time!?!
- form good habits for comps/abd
- drink with dinner!