For once, I'm actually doing very well with my professional timetable. Projects are coming together, data are being analyzed, graphs are materializing (I love that part!), papers are moving right along. Unfortunately this usually means that the trying-not-to-live-in-a-pigsty part of life is not doing so well. Things like laundry, dishes, housecleaning, keeping my desk vaguely clear, and cooking tend to suffer in stinking hot weather anyway, but lately we've been pretty lax. After a very busy (ok, insane) couple of months, we thought we'd have more time to catch up with these domestic things. Instead, a few unexpected snags came up and they've taken up lots of time - and Mr. Sniffly and I are both a bit too ready to whine "It's too hot! Let's go out to dinner and then collapse in front of the fan!" instead of sucking it up and sweating while we wash and cook and clean. Someday, a house with AC.
Here's a list, both to spur me on and remind me of the progress that's already been made (something I don't do often enough):
Project C: Paper just rejected from SuperJournal (but that's ok); now in revision for next submission ASAP
Project P1: Paper in the very last stages of tweaking before it goes into press for GreatJournal (Hooray! Finally.)
Project P2: Data almost fully collected and mostly analyzed; paper beginning to come together. Wherever am I going to send this one? No more IncompetentJournal, that's for sure. This is actually a tough one. I dislike journals in the subfield that would best fit the research, but it really isn't going to work in a more generalist publication. I also have a nagging feeling that we need one more experiment here. Some cool results are turning up though.
Project Fo: Really need to get in gear on this one! I've been sitting on these piles of data forever and I've presented them but haven't written them up, even though I think I'll be leaning heavily on this project and related work in the next few years. I can't figure out why I've put this off - I'm pretty excited about it, but I haven't even analyzed every bit of the data yet. DO IT NOW. Finish looking at the stupid data from its 2 side projects already, too.
Project Fr: This one's in good shape - working on a conference submission that's due soon. Waiting for some stuff from my collaborators.
Project Ancient: The very existence of this one stresses me out. It's not an active project anymore - paper just has to be written and submitted. I'd really like to get it written up by late fall, while I still remember something about how I did the research. I'll have to redo a lot of stuff.
Project Thesis Leftovers: Another ancient one. Incomplete as it is, so maybe I can tack it onto something else I'm submitting (it's not that much of a stretch, but my methods have improved a lot since then, so it wouldn't quite match up in its quality).
And then we have:
Fix up fall courses with all those things I thought I'd add last year
Train self on necessary new software tools (oh, I dread this one)
Clean/purge both offices
(and why not) Create perfect, chaos-defeating file organization system