Thanks to all for lively commenting last week. I’ve been trying some new strategies for organizing myself, including the “three things” idea and revisiting life with a whiteboard (see photo). I’m sorry I was off the radar for most of the weekend. I was away on a good last-minute trip, rather than a hard one, but I still didn’t end up with much extra time for work/blog stuff.
Here’s an issue that came up in the comments last week that follows from our discussion of to-do lists and breaking down larger tasks. Becky asks advice on the problem of having the reacquaint oneself with one’s previous work before being able to move ahead:
I need to find a better way to keep track of where I am and what I’m doing. I’m fine as long as I work on it every day, but if I skip a day I’m lost. I find that I lose track of what papers I’ve already read and which I still need to finish. Does anyone have a good system for this?
So what about it, fellow writers? How do you keep track of what you’ve done, or where you are?
Again, comment on comments, if you get a chance.
Amstr [complete dissertation]: finish Ch. 3 (finally!) and send to advisor.
Aria [something ??]: ?
Becky [journal article]: add to the section I’m working on
Contingent Cassandra [full draft of J by 7/21; progress on P project]: reacquaint myself at some length with the J paper on M; write on Tu and Th. Accomplish 2 ancillary tasks
Daisy [finish thesis]: vacation!!! celebration!!! (check-in 6/8)
DEH [finish and submit MMP and article]: 2000 more words, on either piece; some phonetic transcription and reading for another project; work out some “office hours” to stick to.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell [progress on diss or article]: firm up the plan to alternate the diss and the article, whether by alternate days, split days or whim
emmawriting [2 articles submitted; work on 1 of 2 articles]: Just plain old WORK on writing every day. Except Monday.
Erika [submit article; misc small deadlines]: ???
GEW [draft of new chapter; edit article]: My goal is not to feel too embarrassed about the chapter I submitted; a lot of reading and writing.
humming42 [complete book MS]: the first two sections of Ch. 1 complete.
JaneB [chip away at writing backlog]: finish the analysis for NextBigPaper, outline what needs doing to turn the idea with DrVisit into a paper, and write enough to send it to DrVisit, and thirdly to redo the analysis for the paper with last year’s MSc student.
jenk [submit article; materials/methods + research sections of thesis]: Communicate outlines and ideas to all collaborators and have a plan for how each party will write their sections moving forward.
Kirstin [rough draft of journal article]: Finish WYJA Week 2 and complete Week 3. Take a shower and get dressed first, and then get to writing every morning. Not let babyshower planning interfere with writing time.
kiwimedievalist [article]: Work through week 1 and 2 of the WYJA, now that I’ve got the book. Sort out time for the ‘summer’ (a week or two late, but better late than never!). Decide if I’ll go for two articles at once…
luolin88 [finish and submit journal article; start next article]: a. 1 hour of work TWThF, b. make a more specific plan
Matilda [2 of 4: paper, 3 presentations]: mainly Week 8 and 10 and the unfinished part of Week 5, 6, 7
NWGirl [revise 2 papers for publication]: Finish Reviewing the Related Literature, etc. (same as this past week, but I plan to finish)
profgrrrrl [2 book projects; various MS]: ???
psycgirl [R&R MS; submit MS#2; outline review article]: New rough outline of manuscript, begin working on small revisions from list, possibly do analyses for the second manuscript.
rented life [2 solid book chapters]: Read 4 chapters (or 3 chapters and some of the DVD), apply to one job (due next week), moving stuff. Bonus: write 1 page, even with pen and paper. [next check in 6/8]
rocket [article & old project submitted; prelim new project]: ?
Ruthie [chapter; book proposal; 2 articles]: read for 30 minutes each day; make a clear week by week plan for my time there and of my daily routine
Sapience [complete diss; decide scope of new idea]: Read at least an article a day for new project, and keep working on the revisions of chapter 4. (Optional extra credit goal: revise job letter)
tracynicolerose [P&P and LM papers ready for conference mid-summer]: continue fleshing out the presentation outline for the LM; tackle some of the literature review; For next week I’ll be happy if I get through the readings I’ve identified and write a lit review memo from the notes I take. I will also work on Week 2 of WYJA.
Trapped in Canadia [2 diss. chapters; 1 turned into edited book ch.]: I have to finish the book review from last week, plus a review of a volume for a publisher. I will also complete Week 1 in WYJA.