Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Like a normal adult... or something

So, I've been doing some thinking. Maybe it's time I tried treating this "grad school" thing like a job. 9-5 style. If I'm efficient I believe it'll give me enough time to get everything done (and if not, of course, adjustments will be made). I think most of my problem is lack of sustained focus, and telling myself I can just do it later. (Who doesn't face these challenges?)

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!
Now your turn please. 

1 comment:

Rosa said...

Do you know about reqall? You can text/email/call in stuff to add to your to-do list, and they'll text/call/email you reminders. Don't know how that compares to the app you shared.

Probably not necessary to keep a timesheet. And I think set schedule is more important than 9-5.

Yes free weekends! I love having my work and personal time mostly demarcated. Gonna miss that when I quit the 9-5 thing.