Building into the New Year

buildingromelogo-final3The last of my Building Rome posts for 2015. The list making really does help. When I get off track in making progress on what is necessary and important, having a list and some accountability as a result of posting that list have helped keep me focused on days when it would be easy to sidestep some of these tasks.

Even though it was Christmas week and even though I’m with my husband only for three weeks, I have made quite a bit of progress this week. Largely because the time I do spend on work is very focused on specific tasks identified at the beginning of my time here in Iowa. Let’s start by looking at what has been crossed off the list this week — literally.

Recap of the week of 12/21:

EDITING PROJECT

  • Set a chapter by chapter plan for completion
    • Week of 12/21: “Chapters 7, 8, 9”
    • Week of 12/28: “Chapters 10, 11, 12”
    • Half Week of 1/4: “Chapters 13 and 14”
  • Prepare a list of recommendations for reduction of length
    • Week of 12/21: “Chapters 1-7”
    • Week of 12/28: “Chapter 8-11”
    • Half week of 1/4: “Chapters 12-14”

WRITING

  • Review notes for article revision (NEW) started
  • Draft revised sections (NEW)
  • Write two thank you notes to students I tutor
  • Create a blogging plan
  • Map next writing project

TEACHING

  • Revise syllabus for Intro to Criminal Justice Course
    • Decide on focus chapters
    • Update assignments
    • Set up discussions in new format
    • Set up additional group activities
    • Change quiz format
    • Finalize course calendar
  • Create syllabus for Intro to Sociology course
    • Create assignments
    • Finalize course calendar
    • Set presentation dates
    • Review newer edition of textbook (2 1/2 chapters, more time consuming than planned)
  • Create Modules for the 7 weeks of the online portion of the course
    • Set sample Module with discussion and writing tasks (started)
    • Determine how many total modules are needed
    • Outline Modules for 4 Chapters
    • Week of 12/21: Complete 2 additional modules (after sample)
    • Week of 12/28: Complete 3 additional modules
    • Week of 1/4: Complete 3 additional modules
    • Map out release dates for modules

QUILTING

  • Stop trying to piece a back for the practice quilt; buy a piece of muslin
  • Prep practice piece for machine quilting (nearly finished)
  • Practice machine quilting
  • Machine quilt Jack’s quilt
  • Sew binding on Jack’s quilt
  • Take a few photos!

OTHER

  • Enjoy time with Dave
  • Enjoy more time with Dave
  • Fill out paperwork for sub teaching (just in case) (NEW) started
  • Order planner (NEW)
  • Get hair cut (NEW)
  • Get photos of Dave and me together NEW)

Updated list for the week of 12/28:

This list includes all of what I’m still working on for the duration of my time in Iowa, but I’ve prioritized them to target those that are most important (and, in some cases, most easy to let slip by).

EDITING PROJECT

  • Set a chapter by chapter plan for completion
    • Week of 12/28: “Chapters 10, 11, 12”
    • Half Week of 1/4: “Chapters 13 and 14”
  • Prepare a list of recommendations for reduction of length
    • Week of 12/28: “Chapter 8-11”
    • Half week of 1/4: “Chapters 12-14”

WRITING

  • Continue reviewing notes for article revision
  • Draft revised sections
  • Write two thank you notes to students I tutor
  • Create a blogging plan
  • Map next writing project

TEACHING

  • Revise syllabus for Intro to Criminal Justice Course
    • Update assignments
    • Set up discussions in new format
    • Set up additional group activities
    • Change quiz format
    • Finalize course calendar
  • Create syllabus for Intro to Sociology course
    • Create assignments
    • Finalize course calendar
    • Set presentation dates
    • Review newer edition of textbook
  • Create Modules for the 7 weeks of the online portion of the course
    • Set sample Module with discussion and writing tasks
    • Week of 12/21: Complete 2 additional modules (after sample)
    • Week of 12/28: Complete 3 additional modules
    • Week of 1/4: Complete 3 additional modules
    • Map out release dates for modules

QUILTING

  • Practice machine quilting
  • Machine quilt Jack’s quilt (BREAK INTO STEPS)
    • Outline the bears
    • Stitch individual blocks
    • Stitch borders and
  • Sew binding on Jack’s quilt
  • Take a few photos!

OTHER

  • Enjoy time with Dave
  • Enjoy more time with Dave
  • Finish filling out paperwork for sub teaching (just in case)
  • Get photos of Dave and me together
  • Draft a list of goals and intentions for the new year (NEW)
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