Tomorrow, I start a new semester–my second in the long haul of the PhD program. I am very excited, but also a bit nervous about how I’ll handle the three seminars I just had to sign up for: Archival Theory & Practice; Public Rhetorics; and Empirical Research Methods. On top of that, I’ll be teaching my normal four hour course load and take a practicum course for teaching. How will I balance this exciting, jam-packed schedule? Here are some commitments I hereby make to myself:
1. I will use my morning hours wisely and with energy to complete readings. More specifically, I will read from 8:00am to 10:00am every Mon, Wed, and Fri.
2. I commit to writing (and working on my writing projects) from at least 11:30am to 1:30pm every Mon, Tues, and Thurs.
3. I will spend more alone time on campus to foster a sense of comfort and security there.
4. I will remind myself that I don’t have to do this. It is my life choice. And it is a beautiful one.
I feel that these are manageable goals to uphold. I’ll use my blog as an accountability partner this week to record how it goes!