I’ve been having trouble getting myself to work at appropriate times. It’s not so much that I am bad at time management but that I am bad at energy management. When I have some nice hours to devote to research and writing work, I get all sleepy and cranky. Then of course, if I don’t get things done when I do have time, it crunches everything else later. Augh!
I have talked before about using a standing desk, and how it can be a useful trick for making yourself do some work and not fall asleep face-down on your desk with the door open. Recently I have found that pulling open the second drawer of my office file cabinet (full of files) makes a pretty decent surface for putting the laptop on so that I can work standing up. It has an advantage over my desk-with-pile-of-textbooks plan in that it requires less heavy lifting. It’s also great because standing at this open drawer gives me a view of absolutely nothing except a bland, beige patch of wall a few feet in front of my eyes. This position gives me nothing to look at except that I am doing, and sometimes I need that.
But also, sometimes when you’ve been struggling really hard to do work, getting even a few things done feels really productive. I find that sometimes that productive feeling can help. Dame Eleanor Hull points out that sometimes all you can do is not make it worse.
Meanwhile, there are three reasons why students sometimes call me ma’am in a conversation:
- One or both of us is from (or in) the South.
- They have spent several years in the military.
- They think I am old enough to be their mother.
Which one do you think happens most often here in Blighted Town?
(#2: Two of those three bullets apply regularly for me, but definitely not the third one.)