Goal Update: October

My productivity has taken a sharp turn to the right...

My productivity has taken a sharp turn to the right…

Well, it’s safe to say that my life has been shunted off onto a completely different track since beginning graduate school. For one thing, the only thing that I seem to be able to write about these days is graduate school because it is pretty much taking up my entire brain-space each day. If I manage to squeeze in a little house work I feel like I’ve completed one of the labors of Hercules (and it happens rarely enough that it usually it feels like the Augean Stables).

So my goals have taken a vast shift. I hardly ever get out running anymore, for one thing, which is sad. I would say that I miss it except that I don’t really have time to think about it. My poor bass, Tetris, hasn’t been tuned in months. If bass guitars had eyes then Tetris would be following me around the house like a kicked puppy, silently asking “Why don’t you love me anymore?!” (There *might* be a little guilt attached to that one). I have been doing so much reading for class that I never get to read for fun anymore. (I would count class reading towards my goals except that I hardly ever read books for class from cover to cover, which is how I determine that I have “finished” a book.) Again, I’d miss it if I had time to think about it.  And artwork and birthday cards happen in a panic or not at all.


Part of me wonders whether I ought to revise my resolutions for the year considering my new circumstances. Part of me still hopes that I will settle into the routine of classes and will begin to have more attention to dedicate to things like running and practicing. I don’t want to give up too soon and I don’t want to stress myself out with goals I just can’t manage because of a busy schedule.

For all my whining I AM beginning to settle into a routine with classes. I no longer go into cold sweats worrying about what time I need to get out the door to get to campus on time, for example, and I am developing a sense of how long it takes to complete assignments and how much time I need to plan for them in advance. Several of my classes were only scheduled for the first part of the term so I may discover that I have more free time once they are over and once my first project has been shot.

So I’m going to stick with the goals for a little bit longer and see if I can start to balance myself a little bit. At least then I can say that I tried.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 3, 2013.

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