Plan of Action

By js, 28 January, 2009, No Comment

As I think about all the books that I still have to read to prepare for qualifying exams, I realize that I have to be disciplined about the work that I do.

I have been very involved in my job recently, teaching and administering my dept., that it is difficult to find much time to read. If I have two hours to read daily, I consider myself lucky. Two hours daily though won’t get me very far in one semester. I have to be able to dedicate more hours than that.

One of my friends has a daughter in grad school and she said she tried to study for a minimum of eight hours a day. What a luxury!

When I was in Lubbock one of the graduate students said that she read for several hours in the morning and then she took notes in the afternoon. That seems to me to be a pretty good plan.

This means that I have to add at least two more hours. The difficult part is leaving work early. I didn’t leave the office until a little after 8 pm. Late nights at the office are going to have to change. I have to try to get the studying done before the kids come home from school. Once they are here it is difficult to shut myself off and not spend time with them. What is worse is that I can’t work too late. The tiredness just gets to me and I don’t absorb much of what I read.

This means that the best time to process information is in the morning and the afternoon can be devoted to notetaking. That is going to be my plan for the next several weeks and I have to see if that works out for me.

I also have to think about the books that I need to read now. I have been concentrating on the cultural theory for a while, so I’m going to turn to the methodology books especially now that I have had contact with two of my participants and they have agreed to an interview.

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