One of the issues of late for me has been the complete and utter lack of balance in my life. I would go to work, stressfully work on research, then fall in to bed. No exercise, no relaxation, and no time with friends. This needs to stop. So on my 3 hour each way drive to the site and back today I thought about it how to do that.
Part of the issue is unrealistic expectations about what I can really get done. Or rather, unrealistic expectations of how much time I can spend productively on my academic work. I am revising my graduate student work day to reflect my lack of life or rather the need for me to HAVE a life if I’m going to finish successfully.
1 free day per week – completely free. SUNDAY tentatively, but that can change week by week
1 hour of reading on workday evenings, Monday through Thursday. No expectation of more
1 hour of EXERCISE 5 days per week. Fridays and Sundays off.
That gives me 12 hours of work on my dissertation per week – not much, but maintainable. If I have no other plans on a Sunday, then that is a bonus. But I need to stop requiring myself to work 7 days per week and 14 hours per day. Hopefully this will be more sustainable over the long haul.
I also plan to talk to my adviser and give up my assistantship. 2 reasons – 1) I don’t have time to do the work and 2) he can use it for someone else. I just would prefer not to be committed to work that I won’t have time to do and will then feel guilty about.
Here’s the revised version: