Saturday, July 26, 2008

working Saturday

Today I was at school from 9:30-4:30 (albeit with a 2 hour lunch) working on my review. I wrote two pages of the introduction based on the outline I developed last week. I haven't used any specific examples from the literature yet, but the ideas are there. It's not much, but it's progress and for now I'm satisfied with that.

Inspired by posts from FemaleScienceProfessor and Jane B about multitasking with respect to being able to make progress on multiple projects at a time, I spent a little while looking at grants I might be applying for in the upcoming year for various aspects of my research.

On the same subject, I wish that earlier this summer I had started on a project with Sam. When I first got back from Ukenzagapia, Sam wanted to talk about it but when I mentioned I'm working on this review he said I should just wait until I'm finished with the review to start the project with him. In retrospect, I should have gone ahead with it. I haven't had quite enough to keep my at my optimum level of busy-ness this summer and as a result I haven't gotten as much done as I would like. I think if I had been working on Sam's project and my review for the past five weeks that I actually would have made more progress on my review. Is that weird?

4 comments:

Bait said...

No, its not weird, I find myself more productive when I have eighty million things going on at once because it forces me to structure my time out and get things done.

For example, during swim season, I devote 18 hours to getting my butt kicked (in the fall), but when I get to the spring semester, I tend to slack off, because I have so much "time" to do stuff. I also see it in my grades to.... (haha)

Speaking of productivity I need to get back to that presentation....

DancingFish said...

I agree, being busy keeps me productive.
Way to go on that review!

Transient Theorist said...

Multiple projects (Within reason) are definitely good. I like having something to switch to when I absolutely give up on one project for a while. That definitely happened this last week....

JaneB said...

No, sounds sensible to me! I have a short attention span so I need to take breaks regularly from tasks like writing reviews - if I have a different task that I can do then I get more work done in the break and don;t lose the work 'rhythm', but if I take a break and do something not-work it can take ages to talk myself back to work if that makes any sense!