I am writing this entry to gear up to write the list. I very much need to write it, and then organize it. I find that I am ignoring all of the important tasks that need to get done, feeling too overwhelmed to begin any of them. I am also resentful, not wanting to work in the summer. In fact, it feels a good deal like winter break again--much to do, little incentive to do it.
And the summer is moving by a little too quickly. It is late June already, and I don't have much to show for it.
So, here is my general list of work-related summer projects:
- article revision--possibly requiring some additional data analysis--and resubmission
- data analysis for research project
- preparation of sections of accreditation documents
- revision/update of fall course
- writing report on research project
- presentations of research project
- work on my new consultant gig
- review student applications
- plan orientation for new students in summer and fall
There are still a good number of tasks left off the list, but I can see why it feels big. It reminds me of a great study of depression in women I read about a while ago. When trying to answer the question of why women are diagnosed with depression more often than men, the researchers found that women experienced more reasons to be depressed. I think that is the case with academics--we feel overwhelmed because we ARE! And perhaps we are a little self-indulgent, as well. Of course, that may just be me. :-)
Glad we have this time "off," eh?