- Read 3 articles
- Update thesis journal
- Photograph+upload+blog handwritten notes
- Skype date with my mummy and daddy (when they get home from their road trip)
Last night my brain refused to shut up until after 3AM. Irritating to say the least. Especially as my exhibition proposal package is due Friday and we have a scheduled power outage all day tomorrow. Therefore, my schedule today is as follows:
Me via Instagram
Here’s hoping I cross it all off. And don’t die of caffeine poisoning (is that possible??)
Cleaned the bathroom
Had a nap
Read five articles
I spent about three to four hours this afternoon doing some ‘starter’ research for my exhibition package’s catalogue (my summer school project). It’s making me feel like maybe I want to change the direction of my (potential) thesis! And I’d love too include an exhibition proposal/plan within my thesis 🙂
Still Reading Picture Books: highlights from the Marcie Muir Collection of the National Library of Australia.
I’m looking into Muir’s collecting policies and practices, and how these are reflected in her collection (which is now held by the NLA).
Academic Accountability (plus some for the home)
My goals for today:
Requested from ANU library via the Off-Campus Service:
Muir, Marcie. A bibliography of Australian children’s books. Deutsch, 1970.
Lately I have been procrastinating. A lot. I have a million excuses I keep using for avoiding my school work:
And so on and so forth.
It’s so hard to drag myself away from DVDs and YouTube and trashy day-time TV. This month of travel (past and future) has messed up my academic routine to no end and is frustrating the heck outta me!
The next component of my summer school assessment is due on Friday (the same day I leave for my Girl Guides conference) and I need to get it done by tomorrow at 6pm (which is ‘computer shut down time’ for me). Today I have been doing the basics for it, which can then be fleshed out in the final draft.
It makes me feel like I have, maybe, finally started to accomplish something (beyond sitting on the couch all day). I think having posted my ‘to do’ list to Instagram (and subsequently Twitter) really helped me with my accountability (it’s, you know, out there now, so it has to be done).
Source: Me via Instagram
I have about an hour before I wake Dan for the evening and in that time I
want to WILL complete the first draft of this assessment (basically, a written exhibition concept proposal).
My studious pal Jenn has come up with a brilliant way of sharing our writing goals with each other (and other academic writers) as a form of accountability: the Academic Writing Accountability program. This initiative works in conjunction with her Studious Network (an online forum for academics) and is communicated via (our best friend) Twitter (using the hash tag #AcWri). Jenn cites the following reasons for creating the program:
Daily writing habit is essential for academic success and this habit can be cultivated through practice.
Be accountable for your own writing by publicly share your writing goal.
Productivity will increase when it is being measured or monitored.
Peer support is the best motivation in academic writing.
I find all of these points relevant to my need for accountability. And the easy access to peer support via Twitter (and the Studious Network) means I am constantly getting feedback from others in my position.
So, what are my goals for Academic Writing Accountability?
I have decided I need to add an element to my #AcWri goals:
So yesterday I accomplished the following:
Things I need to start doing more every day:
My goals for today:
What are your plans for today? What are your goals for every day?
Martina Lynne wrote the following about accountability (as a way of ‘keeping your sanity’ as a postgrad):
8. Create accountability. This is especially important for the kind of work we do without much supervision, like teaching and studying for exams and dissertating. It’s easy to make those lists and build that structure, but if you have no one to report to but yourself, it can also be easy to slip into a cycle of not meeting your own expectations, making excuses, feeling shitty, and then getting overwhelmed by the mounting overflow work. Instead, make a weekly date with a friend where you report to each other how things are going or create study groups, even if you’re not all working on the exact same materials. Not only will this make sure you don’t drop the ball, but just spending that time explaining what you’ve been working on will help solidify it in your mind and be valuable practice for when you have to explain yourself to — gulp! — exam panels or dissertation chairs or hiring committees.
Unfortunately, I lack peers. And my academic friends are largely online nowadays. As such, I plan on keeping accountability within my journal.
My goals for today: