Productivity update 9 Sept 09

It’s the ninth of the ninth oh-nine. I don’t remember doing anything special on 8/8/88, but on 7/7/77 I was in high school, and we had a little ceremony in the grounds and danced around a tree.

My obstacles today are my extreme tiredness from a headcold and a wailing cat recovering from knee reconstruction surgery who thinks he should be allowed outside.

I had an all-day Australian history symposium today that I booked for but decided not to go as I had too many other things to do, and I’d already had yesterday afternoon on an English research lecture by Michael Gandy, an excellent speaker, and there’ll be another one tomorrow.

Today I’d like to get these things done:

  1. organise for a quick trip out to Kingswood tomorrow – nearly done – I’ve preordered a probate file but haven’t yet organised what I can do while waiting for other records I have to order out there
  2. tweek the formatting on my essay – to put borders around the table and remove the page number from the title page – stuff like that. I’ve given a draft to my supervisor and don’t want to do anything major to it until He gets back to me. Also if I do anything stupid in Word 2007 due to tiredness it maight take me hours to recover from it.
  3. I could work on my ProGen assignment, that was due at the end of August but is now really due at the end of September. This is looking hopeful, as there is not a lot of invention to do, just putting the facts down. I can edit the writing later – it’s always easier to fix something than to start something.
  4. work on a list of talk topics

Or I could take my cat out in the sun for half-an-hour.

I’d just like to point out, to any new or returning readers, that I’m not making these announcements because I think you might really be interested in what I have to do today. The theory is that if I make a public announcement about it I am more likely to get it done; that I will feel more accountable to you somehow.

It may sound silly but it works.

I’d also like to point out the principle behind point 3 – Getting started on an essay or a piece of writing is nealry always the hardest part for me. I get around it, usually, by reminind myself that it’s a DRAFT and it can be fixed later, and will be. There is much less pressure to be perfect when you know you will have to change it.

The important thing is to START WRITING.