Work one hour every day on footnotes for the dissertation.
I have finished the main body of my dissertation, but have to revise my footnotes, of which there are several hundred, perhaps over a thousand. To say I am not delighted with the task is an understatement of massive proportions, but it must be done.
Work one hour a day on revising articles.
I have two conference papers and three Master’s thesis chapters that I need to update/revise into journal articles. I finished half of one conference paper during Round 3, and need to continue where I left off. What I did not do in Round 3 (*headdesk*) is carve out work time for this editing; since it is required for my continued employment, I should use work time to do it.
Spend one hour per week writing book reviews until I catch up.
I read many very good books over the last Round, so I need to dedicate some time to getting the reviews written.
Work two hours per week on organizing my house so that I have a better place to write.
Three years ago, my family and I moved from a 2400 square foot, four-bedroom house with a full basement to a 1500 square foot three-bedroom house with no basement. Our adult daughters had their own places, so we didn’t need as big a house. However, the new house was 1000 miles away. Also, we have a very bad habit. We will work until a Wednesday or even Thursday at one job, move a thousand miles over the weekend and start new jobs on Monday. It keeps us solvent, but means we are too busy to go through our multitude of books and other possessions, so we throw everything into the garage.
A year ago, we moved again into a 1000 square foot 2 bedroom condo, as our older son left the nest. Since then, our stuff fills our garage, a storage space, and any available corner. Dismally sick of paying for a storage space and living with boxes, I want to start going through our books, selling them, and getting rid of the majority of our other stuff. In the process, I hope to reclaim the screened porch for my writing space, especially now as the temperatures have moderated in the early morning hours. More importantly, I hope to have an uncluttered mind.
Increase my exercise to half-hour a day.
During Round 3, I added the goal of walking my Standard Poodle for 15 minutes a day. I did quite well on that, and it turned out to be a very good thinking time for me. She needs more exercise, so I’m upping the goal to twice a day for 15 minutes each time.
Use my morning pages—roughly one half-hour in the morning—to think about my priorities, goals, dreams, where I want to be in five years, that sort of thing.
This started out as Figure out what I want to be when I grow up, but that isn’t measurable!
So there we are! Please check out everyone’s goals here and encourage us all!