Being responsible is exhausting

I’ve been absurdly productive for the entire month of April. I have:

  • Revised and resubmitted.
  • Submitted this stupid manuscript to its fourth journal (yep, it got rejected from that submission back in October)
  • Gotten juuuuuuust about ready to submit my research week paper, pending final approval from co-authors.
  • Given a presentation on a fourth project that is finally moving along well.
  • Reviewed three papers.
  • Gotten a blog for the research center up and running – and it’s lovely!
  • Read and taken notes on one published paper a day, every workday
  • Written up my goals and very detailed plans for summer fieldwork

Aaaaand…. I have now hit a wall. For the last two or three days, I have been pretty much braindead and exhausted. My grand accomplishments lately have been the following:

  • ordered a wedding present for a friend
  • printed out directions to a nearby state park, and the trail map, to go hiking this weekend (hooray spring)
  • reserved a hotel for when my husband visits me in the field this summer
  • considered which cocktails I want to serve at an upcoming party
  • made plans for karaoke tonight
  • looked up who did the voices on Daria
  • spent way too much time figuring out which Zazzle products emblazoned with a cartoon version of my study species I should buy
  • went out to lunch (and had a beer! sshhhhh)

(Needless to say, my administrative responsibilities have been rather light lately.)

I don’t think May is going to be nearly as productive as April – I don’t think I can take it…


Snow Day Ramblings

Ah… I’m snowed in at home, the power is still on, and the university announced yesterday that it would be closed today. What a perfect cozy day, the kind I always dream about. Of course, now that I am faced with this amazing opportunity for productivity and focusing on my own research, the only thing I want to do is snuggle under the blankets on the couch and watch movies all day. (“Groundhog Day” is high on the list, as is “Hot Tub Time Machine”…)

But I must resist this urge and Be! Productive!  I have some Center-related work to get done that will, honestly, probably take me less than an hour but will seriously impress the Powers That Be. I have lots and lots of my own research to work on. In particular, I have not even touched the rejected manuscript, or the manuscript that my co-authors finally sent comments on. Both of those are going to require a lot of work and I just don’t seem to have the mental energy for it yet. I really should take some time and work on at least one of them today… or maybe next week.

The one thing I have been working on is plans for this summer’s field research, which is pretty exciting. My collaborator and I posted job ads for a field assistant and an REU yesterday – and we have applicants already! I suppose that’s not too surprising given that our new field site is in one of the most beautiful places in the country. I certainly have some work I could do today related to that project, including a small grant application.

I would also really like to get some things done around the house. I have an overwhelming urge to clean up and reorganize my home office, but maybe that’s just procrastination talking. Perhaps I’ll work for an hour and then reward myself with some reorganizing.