Happy Monday readers! I absolutely love these My Week posts. They are starting to take on a mind of their own and serve as a weekly review for me which is incredibly helpful. Lined paper means we are at the end of another month. How time flies! Also, Happy April Fool’s Day! I wish I had a bit of a prank here, but I’m not one for April Fool’s Day pranks mainly because I’m usually the one falling for them.
Here’s my week:
A quick confession, my mind has been a bit frazzled lately. I wish that my week were more interesting, but I honestly haven’t used my Filofax much. That of course is probably why I was losing my mind though. In any event, I’m scrapping the usual bulleted synopsis format for this week because I can’t seem to boil down my week that way for this past week.
My life has been in a bit of limbo lately. On one hand, I feel like I’m in a really cool situation where I literally get to start my life over the right way and pick out who I really want to be in it, but all of that is utterly overwhelming too. I have so many cool ideas, and I really need to start using my planner to get everything straight rather than just building up in my head, but stupidly, when I get overwhelmed, I tend to avoid my planner.
This week was a meeting week. I had a meeting to discuss a solution to a problem we’ve been having with some forms provided by another department on Tuesday. Sadly the one person we really needed at the meeting didn’t show up. On the bright side, I got to have a nice walk across campus, and we did explain the situation to at least some people that found it informative. My meeting on Wednesday had been rescheduled about 3 times before it actually turned into a phone call. That phone call sparked the sharing of some research I’d accumulated to hopefully revamp our department’s website into a useful support hub for our campus which I’m pretty excited to have actually helped with even though it wasn’t. Thursday I had a meeting with another student supervisor in our department to discuss how they are recruiting and training students. It was incredibly helpful. I used to be one of the students I now manage so in some ways it helps me relate and be a voice for them, but I’m also fairly new to this whole supervising thing, so I’m always welcome to insightful information on how to manage them as well.
My graduate work is going so-so. I managed to get all the reading and housekeeping tasks done, but the big project we are working on is a 4-week project. I know I shouldn’t procrastinate. I should be doing a little at a time, but a 4 week project is a procrastinator’s nightmare.
The arrival of my Kindle of course didn’t help with my procrastination. I guess there are worse things I could have done than read, but I wish I hadn’t used it as an excuse to put off everything I should have done, making me feel worse. I actually upped my 2013 reading goal because I finished three books this week and am now incredibly ahead of schedule:
- Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch – I didn’t care for this book. Pretty Neat was actually a misnomer because it really was more about how “organized” people tend to find ways to cut corners rather than having everything nicely organized.
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – I really wish I hadn’t seen the Twilight movies before reading this. I had heard the books were better than the movies and I wanted to give the books a chance. I just felt like my distaste for the cast of the movies really spoiled this book. I won’t be reading the others.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – I really enjoyed this book. It kept me on my toes. Like a lot of people, I have to say I HATED the ending. When I finished it, I sat there for a minute thinking, “That’s it? Really?!” After thinking about it though, I really do think it was a fitting ending. The more I read the book, the more I realized how absurdly messed up both of them were, so the ending was only fitting. My Kindle has now been borrowed by my mom while she reads it before I return the copy to the library.
One thing I did do that has somewhat lessened my stress level was putting together some sort of routine for my life. I added yet another calendar to my Google Calendar called Routine. I’ve tried this before, and it drove me crazy, but this time I’ve accepted it not as a formal schedule with deadlines, but sort of an ideal guideline to keep me on track and get things done. In that routine, I’ve blocked out some time each night to workout and do daily chore-type things. I’ve also blocked out about 4 hours on the weekends for this blog. I’m hoping that I can knock out my weekly posts during that time rather than haphazardly writing them during the week. One of these days I’ll do a “day in the life” post to show you what my boring days are like.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my week. Until next week…