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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:01 pm    Post subject: Protecting our time?  Reply with quote

So, how do you protect or allocate research time during a busy term?

I've been on sabbatical this year (going back to reality in a month or so) and have been trying to create some sustainable habits. I just noticed an internal email from a colleague saying she was busy this week and couldn't find time for a meeting - I know she travels a lot but I also suspect she's carved out days/mornings/afternoons that are protected research time, something I'm not very good at doing.

Previously my main strategy has been the "day at home" but I'm starting to try and give myself "writing hours" rather than be quite as task-focussed as I have been in the past. I spotted a great tip somewhere which said try and stop when something is going well, rather than when you've ground to a halt, so you feel positively about your writing after you've stopped, and want to come back to it. I find a time-based approach helps me do this.

I don't have as much of a problem carving out "data time", as it's a bit less prone to writer's block - except for really really boring tasks like double rating something when I haven't got any money to pay a 2nd RA, or data entry when someone entered it wrong the first time, or similar.  It's more that it always takes much more time than you thought it would - partly because you have to keep stopping to look at Facebook because you are bored  Embarassed .

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