I set a goal at the beginning of the semester that I would finish my coursework by Thanksgiving (or really the weekend before Thanksgiving) in order to give myself a two week cushion before my due date. That now leaves me, two weeks. I have three big papers to write in two weeks. I have a good sense with where I’m going for one of them, the biggest of them, and got approval of it yesterday. The time I spent focusing on that last week really paid off. I still have more research to do, but I’m in pretty good shape for that one. So I’m putting that on hold. Yesterday I had a frustrating afternoon of trying to get in the groove for one of the other two remaining papers. I just made little progress, moved very slowly, struggled to focus. But then I remembered that day one of digging in on my Bonhoeffer paper was the same… so decided to give myself a break and devote myself to a full day of the same task today… and I’m hoping by the end of the day I will have made real progress.
I woke up resolved to read minimally for classes this week and not at all for classes next week. This week I will spend my Saturday getting my head around my Thursday paper. And then on Tuesday and Wednesday I’ll spend my time getting my head around my Friday paper. And I’ll read a little bit on Monday morning for Bonhoeffer, and a little bit on Wednesday for my Thursday and Friday classes this week. But starting Thursday afternoon the writing needs to begin and needs to continue for the next week straight.
Unfortunately I have also been called upon, as of yesterday, to do some substantial editing of two chapters for a book one of my profs is working on. I’m going to have to find at least an hour of every study day to work on this, I think. But I’m not going to start that until Monday.
I can do this, right? Please say it is possible. And please say a prayer that my focus and energy cooperate… I am increasingly uncomfortable (physically) and really just want to get ready for baby… but this is a big part of readying for baby… I need to keep telling myself that. If these papers are hanging over me when baby comes that will be a big drag.
Writing this all out in the hopes it will hold me accountable… alright… let’s get some breakfast and begin this two week race… so grateful for your prayers and support.