Being accountable is my primary motivation for keeping to my goals. Thankfully I’ve the lovely Jenn keeping me on track (and enabling me to produce more Filofax inserts for keeping myself organised!)
This month I set my goals as part of the #Filofax 365/30 challenge. My goals include academic, personal, fitness, and work related tasks.
- Do 1-2 hours of reading for my LitReview each day
- Set up the nursery for BabyGirlC
- Walk Charlie (the dog) 3+ times per week
- Walk myself 4+ times per week (this can be doubled with dog walking)
- Start attending antenatal fitness classes (each Wednesday)
- Arrange library displays for my 4 work projects
Like the massive Filofax nerd I’ve become, I had to find a way to track my goals in my Filofax. I decided to do so on a month on two pages calendar (homemade insert from Philofaxy) using coloured dots to track the repetitive tasks.
So far so good! And knowing I need to ‘show’ my progress to Jenn each week keeps me accountable and motivated to complete my goals (and, hopefully, form some new habits).
In an attempt to start working on the goals I set for myself for this month, I decided to trial reading outdoors in the sunshine.
I set myself up on a quilt in some dappled shade.
I managed to read my article in the allotted 1-1.5 hours and discovered some pros and cons of reading academic material outdoors:
PRO: It’s really pretty
PRO: This handsome fellow visited me a number of times
CON: This little lady decided to try napping on my papers
CON: I kept getting cornered by green ants – and then one bit me!
Despite the scary green ants, I did succeed with my goal of finding reading motivation outdoors. I found the sunshine, fresh air, and new environment a nice change from my desk/couch.
Unfortunately Albury has turned off the sun for the next few days so I cannot repeat this #acwri adventure as soon as I would like to do so!
A brain dump on my current #postgradpregnancywoes
Contrary to my initial thoughts and feelings: growing a thesis and a baby IS hard. Harder than I thought it would be. Today I hit 21 weeks down and 19 to go with my pregnancy, and my postgrad/mama life balance isn’t getting any easier.
I am tired.
I am teary.
I am irritable.
I am subject to constant mood swings.
I am suffering from ‘baby brain.’
I am having trouble prioritising my life.
I am lacking in academic self-confidence.
And this lack of self-confidence means my academic productivity has slipped. Greatly. I have been avoiding my LitReview like the plague. But considering a) I want it done before Smeagol arrives and b) it won’t do itself, I need to somehow get myself out of this rut and get my LitReview mojo back on track.
My goal is to read 2-5 articles every day (including weekends) with the average goal being to read 3 articles every day. Part of the reading includes transferring my notes to my LitReview notes document (I take notes as I read in Mendeley, but am starting to arrange them into something somewhat somehow someday structured in Word).
My other daily goal is to take time out to remember ‘Hey, I am pregnant’ and to stop stressing over the little things. The most important things are my well-being, the well-being of my little one and my husband (and my furbabies), and then worrying about academics.
Sometimes I feel like I need a similar wall mural to this infamous one by Homer Simpson:
How do/did you cope with the postgrad/mama balance?