My tasks for the day
My three main tasks for 9 January were:
- Write CUTL assignment. Reread. Submit.
- Meet with SB on lab preparations for the Major in Physics and Minors in Environmental Physics and Materials Science.
- Speak with DS on holding off on buying new equipment for the labs until the curriculum review.
- Attend PG student’s lab presentation.
- Watch a Michael Hyatt video with NRS and work through the workbook.
- Write a blog post on my to do list.
I got the first 4 items and the last one done. Five items checked off.
Writing the assignment took more time than expected. I’m finding that writing in general, whether for assignment, teaching or research, takes more time than expected. I have to try and build in some additional space in my calendar for my writing tasks.
I would have liked to watch the Michael Hyatt video but it was 11 pm in the night when I finally submitted the assignment. It was either the video or the blog post. I chose to write the blog post. It is not a great post. In fact, its average. But, I chose to write and create instead of looking at someone else’s creation. For once I chose myself and I showed up for my writing again.
What came up?
It seems that this today was a day for writing and talking about writing. During the lab talk, the senior scientist kept asking the PG student if she, the student, had written down what she was talking about. The PG student had not because she had just thought about some of the things she spoke about.
I decided to ‘intervene’ at the end. I gave a short talk on the writing process to develop the first draft manuscript. I discussed when are good times for opportunities to write. Essentially I spoke about how after any feedback time is an opportunity to write.
The key thing is that PG students have to recognize when they should be writing. That is, after reading, after doing, and after speaking (e.g. lab presentations). I urged the PG students to keep presenting their work because they will get the ideas and opinions of a diverse group – environmental physicists, medical physicists, materials scientists, and theoretical physicists.
How did I feel about this day?
This day was a good one. It was filled with writing and I got to ship out one piece of writing. Yes it was an assignment but it was completed and submitted.
What I should continue with?
- Writing in any form is good in the academic environment.
As I advised in my lab talk, I will seek out each and every opportunity to write.
- Put a writing task on my to do list each day and show up to write.
- Ship a writing task each day.