Moving!

December? Really?

Life (mainly my work life) is getting in the way.  I need to get my act together or this will simply not happen!  I haven’t made any progress in the past five weeks.  Nothing at all, not even any significant reading.  If I stop and think how much I’m wasting on my university fees it may give me another kick – one that I probably need.  It’s time for some drastic action: less socialising (what it actually means is virtually zero socialising – at least for a while) and, more so, to know when to stop at work.  My work days seem to get longer and longer.  My two hours in the early morning are not well-utilised from cafe to cafe; and I’m too drained to do anything after a long day at the office and an evening jog.  Research time has been gobbled up by end-of-year appraisals and more new initiatives that seem to only add to my workload.  A long business trip (the first in months – but still) took out a good chunk of late November and early December – and any free time during the trip that was supposed to be for my research ended up being spent on much-needed leisure.

It’s not good enough!  Guilt – in case it isn’t apparent – is eating away in chunks.  My PhD now needs to muscle its way back into my life.  Decision: I am moving my PhD desk to my office at work.  This will give me two hours before ‘working hours’ and if I stay behind for two more hours I would get a total of four (pray, pray, pray).  This should be an absolute minimum but it’s a start.  On slow days (I am yet to have one!!) I could potentially take half an hour here or there on top – but I’m happy with the four if I can get them and would be very grateful.  Having my notes, books, papers open and ready all day will hopefully add to the urgency and reduce the time it takes to set myself up every time I find a good spot at yet another cafe.

I’m packing.  Should be in my new home over the weekend or Sunday at the latest.

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BuYousef

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2 thoughts on “Moving!”

  1. As a college drop-out, I know I’m not the proper person to give suggestions. However, here are my thoughts:
    – Can you set tangible milestones and measure your progress on weekly basis? Perhaps Om Yousef can be involved in progress tracking?
    – Can you identify distractions, write them on pieces of paper, and lock them in a jar called “later”?
    – You must have 1 day from the 2 weekend days for leisure. Just unplug from work, studies, twitter, … etc.

    Best of luck

    1. Thank you, Bu Abdulaziz. All good ideas and like many things in life: simple but not easy. Short answer is yes all those things will inshallah work. The main thing that has taken over was work so that’s the area I need to start with. Second is probably social media.

      Thanks again. Nice to know someone is reading this🙂

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