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January 26, 2021, 11:04:07 pm

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What do you think of my proposed summer workload/goals?

Don't be stupid. No human being (or cat) can do that much.
0 (0%)
You're doomed.
0 (0%)
That seems manageable.
7 (26.9%)
You may be pushing it a little.
4 (15.4%)
Are you procrastinating on doing any of this by writing all this down?
6 (23.1%)
This seems a perfectly normal set of goals.
4 (15.4%)
I see no real workload. Ramp it up a bit.
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Your goals are too lazy. Aim higher.
1 (3.8%)
The option I want is not on this list.
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You're having too much fun writing all these options.
4 (15.4%)

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Help a Cat have a productive summer
« on: November 28, 2020, 09:00:03 pm »
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I figured that since I have all this summer time it would be smart to actually set goals and try and accomplish them. Mostly to do with furthering my hobbies/skills, some of which might be useful. Anyway.

So I figured I'd split it up into categories: writing (for the novels I'm trying to produce), piano (so that I don't kill my poor family's sensitive music-ears), learning (for that unit in first semester nursing, anatomy, I've been advised to prelearn as much as I can), uni (for everything else connected with uni), work (because I'm trying to find work), drawing (because I like drawing but never find the time or skills), sewing (you don't want to know how many half finished projects I have) and other (for anything else that I can't think of now). And thus I decided it was smart to have goals for the summer at the start. And then I plan to set weekly goals and try and accomplish them. (I'll start next week, I hope.)

My goals for the summer:
Writing
  • To Kindle A Flame - complete first draft, rearrange and fix timeline issues created, ideally do second draft (but if I get to partway through it I won't complain) [note: this is the story currently featured in my creative excerpts thread, though I may include other stuff from other stories later]
  • David: Anointed Shepherd - complete second draft/make notes for a third and send to person again
  • What She Gleaned - figure out what's going on with all the stories-within-story, rearrange all the pieces/make a conceptual map of how I see it; actual writing/editing does not need to happen; end with a clear plan on what to do next with it [haven't touched since NaNoWriMo 2018]
Piano
  • Play Tempest movt 2 well
  • Be able to play movts 1 and 3 all the way through at least without a break
  • Be able to play at least first page of Revolutionary Etude at close to speed, stumble through first three/four pages
Learning
  • Um... learn stuff?
  • More will be added when I know what I'm doing here...
  • Get a general idea of what's going on which I don't know now
Uni
  • Prepare for uni
  • Do everything necessary
  • Know all sorts of stuff I don't know now, have everything I need
  • Get working with children's check
  • Get police check
Work
  • Hopefully find work/apply at least, have a resume
  • Decide whether I want to do proofreading stuff, if so what, and have it set up/in the swing of things before uni starts (if I want to)
Drawing
  • Do pastel of leaves picture/decide if I don't want to
  • Try pastel of rock picture
  • Experiment somewhat with watercolour
Sewing
  • Complete recognisable section of cross-stitch
  • Finish knitting/start new knitting (decide when I get to it)
Other
  • Take lots of photos :) - end with a curated list of 100+
  • Experiment with water photos and end with at least 1 in curated list
  • Be all right with riding 20km at a time and not feel dead afterwards...
  • Learn up to at least Hebrews 5 thoroughly
  • ...Be more social somehow? Meet new people/talk to people?

...I look back at my list and I'm feeling oh dear... never going to get this done. But I can have a jolly good crack at it!! :D
« Last Edit: November 29, 2020, 08:57:34 pm by The Cat In The Hat »
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2020, 10:07:50 pm »
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Good luck with all your summer goals! Make sure you find time to relax and enjoy yourself too before uni kicks off! :)

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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2020, 08:53:03 pm »
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Good luck with all your summer goals! Make sure you find time to relax and enjoy yourself too before uni kicks off! :)
Most of this is relaxing and enjoying myself... but with goals for getting something productive out of it as well. But yes, I'll remember the advice, thanks! :)
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2020, 10:38:53 pm »
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First week (Late Nov-early Dec):
Writing
  • To Kindle A Flame - write 5,000 words, beginning at 50,155
  • David: Anointed Shepherd - open document and Word document and find place in both
  • What She Gleaned - open document
Piano
  • Practise for at least an hour (not accessing most of the time in the week)
Learning
  • Get an overview of what I'm trying to learn
Uni
  • -
Work
  • Make a resume and send to people
Drawing
  • Find leaves picture
Sewing
  • Get out cross-stitch
Other
  • Reorganise stuff post-VCE
  • Take at least 10 photos
  • Ride 10kms at least once in the week
  • Get out Hebrews and reread chapters 1/2, see where I'm at
  • Bask in freedom and socialise with rabbit :) :)
  • Clear up Firefox of VCE stuff :D
« Last Edit: November 30, 2020, 10:41:32 pm by The Cat In The Hat »
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2020, 01:44:43 pm »
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First week (Late Nov-early Dec):
I didn't complete everything. :( I'll put up next week's on Monday or so.
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Writing
  • To Kindle A Flame - write 5,000 words, beginning at 50,155
I only wrote 1566 words, although that was all on one day. I was reasonably happy with it, but I haven't got to doing as much as I'd like of this. Part of the reason I didn't was I didn't know how to finish a certain scene; on the plus side, I've got more ideas as to how to flesh out one bit I skipped, so hopefully work on that next week.
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  • David: Anointed Shepherd - open document and Word document and find place in both
After a weird thing where Word apparently removed all the comments and suggestions given in a document, I found a fresh copy (with all the notes) again, and opened it up, found my place in both. I also did a bit of work on it, so more than I was hoping.
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  • What She Gleaned - open document
I got this done. Not that it was a very hard task... however, I did then reread bits of what I'd written (and found it needed loads of work...).
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Piano
  • Practise for at least an hour (not accessing most of the time in the week)
I did at least an hour. I didn't time it, though. However, I was able to work on Tempest 2nd movt, and mostly on remembering fingering for the Revolutionary Etude (I worked on it for a while last year, and am going back to it in hopes of strengthening my left-hand work).
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Learning
  • Get an overview of what I'm trying to learn
I chased up what I need to learn and have it open; now I just need to do it.
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Uni
  • -
I did approximately what I set out to do. :P
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Work
  • Make a resume and send to people
...Next week.... :( This was high on my list, it just got swamped by doing other things.
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Drawing
  • Find leaves picture
Sewing
  • Get out cross-stitch
I didn't do either of these things.
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Other
  • Reorganise stuff post-VCE
You should've seen the massive pile of stuff to throw out. :D Did this one, all right!
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  • Take at least 10 photos
84.
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  • Ride 10kms at least once in the week
My bike now has cobwebs on it. Oops.
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  • Get out Hebrews and reread chapters 1/2, see where I'm at
*sigh* Didn't do this. However, I ran through bits of it in my head, so that's something, anyhow.
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  • Bask in freedom and socialise with rabbit :) :)
:) Did this.
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  • Clear up Firefox of VCE stuff :D
Now Firefox only has a total of 198 tabs over 2 windows, instead of closer to three or four hundred.

I also created a USI and transferred emails - to be gone through at my leisure - from my school email address to my personal one. Note to self: next week switch email address stuff with different newsletters etc. Also, need to organise the VCE-results-page-thingy-whatever-it-is.
So while I was doing stuff all week, such as going for walks etc., it wasn't such a good week on the to-do list front as I might have hoped. Perhaps next week. :)
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2020, 12:37:23 pm »
+4
Second week (Middle of Dec):
Writing
  • To Kindle A Flame - since I'm now behind  :-\ write 10,000 words, beginning at 51,721 (so at least 61,721 by the end of the week)
  • David: Anointed Shepherd - finish working through chapters 'Life at the palace', 'The bigger they are...' and 'The covenant'
  • What She Gleaned - reread/skim whole lot, note down what needs doing
Piano
  • Get fingering correct for Revolutionary Etude and play through at slow pace first three pages without too much faltering
  • Play at least a page of any music without making a mistake
Learning
  • Go through all the circulatory system introduction (already watched one video, Khan Academy) including making concise notes of what I need to know; total of 10 videos
Uni
  • -
Work
  • Make a resume and send to people (didn't do last week, needs doing)
Drawing
  • Find picture wanting to draw
  • Find watercolour pencils/look up if I want to acquire some
Sewing
  • Get out cross-stitch (task from last week)
Other
  • Curate photos from last week
  • Take more photos
  • Ride 10kms+ at least twice in the week
  • Get out Hebrews and reread chapters 1/2, see where I'm at (didn't achieve this last week)
  • Bring rabbit in at least thrice and take at least one photo of her :D
  • Shift all the things that can/need to be shifted from school email address to personal
  • Go through 100+ of school emails and delete/de-label [currently 9,974 unread]
  • Do all the stuff to do with receiving ATAR/SS's, etc.
  • Go to multitudinous things that need going to
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2020, 05:54:30 pm »
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Second week (Middle of Dec):
This week was an epic failure on a few fronts, especially writing. However, I was working hard most of the week - it was just other stuff happened, and I definitely underestimated time taken with stuff. Maybe next week??
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Writing
  • To Kindle A Flame - since I'm now behind  :-\ write 10,000 words, beginning at 51,721 (so at least 61,721 by the end of the week)
  • David: Anointed Shepherd - finish working through chapters 'Life at the palace', 'The bigger they are...' and 'The covenant'
  • What She Gleaned - reread/skim whole lot, note down what needs doing
A spectacular failure. Not a word written, or read, or fixed. >:( Must. Do. Better.
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Piano
  • Get fingering correct for Revolutionary Etude and play through at slow pace first three pages without too much faltering
Two pages?
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  • Play at least a page of any music without making a mistake
I got close - only a couple of mistakes at a reasonable pace. I'll settle for that.
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Learning
  • Go through all the circulatory system introduction (already watched one video, Khan Academy) including making concise notes of what I need to know; total of 10 videos
*sadly shakes head* Didn't finish, although I did 3 of them (and started the fourth one). Ah, well.
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Uni
  • -
I did stuff to do with scholarship applications that I hadn't expected to do (I'd forgot about them). So exceeds expectations! :)
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Work
  • Make a resume and send to people (didn't do last week, needs doing)
I did that early in the week... ten days after it was sent six hours after I enquired... oops! I need to get on with these things quicker.... (Also, more developments in the possibility of work department. We'll see.)
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Drawing
  • Find picture wanting to draw
  • Find watercolour pencils/look up if I want to acquire some
Not a sausage. Didn't do this.
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Sewing
  • Get out cross-stitch (task from last week)
I got my cross-stitch out, photographed it (to have a frame of reference at the end of summer) and proceeded to spend quite a bit of time (and thread) on it. So I exceeded this goal, at any rate. :D
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Other
  • Curate photos from last week
Some. Not all. But fifty or sixty.
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  • Take more photos
Not even one.
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  • Ride 10kms+ at least twice in the week
On Monday, I rode 15.6kms along a bike trail. :) It took me just under 1.5 hours - I'm out of practice! Didn't do more, either.
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  • Get out Hebrews and reread chapters 1/2, see where I'm at (didn't achieve this last week)
*sigh* Didn't do.
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  • Bring rabbit in at least thrice and take at least one photo of her :D
Brought her in on Monday - there was hail, and I looked out and she was cowering in the corner of her cage, so I brought her inside for a while; the instant she got inside, she was happy, but beforehand she definitely wasn't. Then also on Tuesday; it was late at night and she just sat on my lap and watched me while I almost went to sleep. Then on Thursday, Friday, Saturday - so more than I wanted minimum.
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  • Shift all the things that can/need to be shifted from school email address to personal
I've I think one more to do. So almost all done.
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  • Go through 100+ of school emails and delete/de-label [currently 9,974 unread]
Went through just over 200.
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  • Do all the stuff to do with receiving ATAR/SS's, etc.
Done!
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  • Go to multitudinous things that need going to
*ticks off long list*
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2020, 06:00:59 pm »
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Third week (Late middle of Dec):
Didn't write this down, because I was too busy doing stuff.

On Monday I had a job interview (my first ever) which was nerve-wracking, then I was away from my computer for a while, then I had a bunch of things to organise quickly that I didn't know how to do.

In other words, I got a lot of stuff done this week (no writing, photography or learning, though I did do piano and sewing) but not stuff I had on my list (well, I didn't have a list for the week).

My summer goals may go out the window (though I'll still try 'em) because - to my amazement and delight and trepidation - I got a job. Much uncertainty in that, though, so I'll see how much I work and what happens.

So. I'll post another week's list in a couple of days, hopefully. :)

My writing style has really gone down the drain, probably connected to the fact that I've done no writing of any kind since last week....

EDIT: forgot to post this two days ago...
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2020, 07:19:13 pm »
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Congrats on the job!! What type of job is it?  :D
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2020, 08:05:26 pm »
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My summer goals may go out the window (though I'll still try 'em) because - to my amazement and delight and trepidation - I got a job. Much uncertainty in that, though, so I'll see how much I work and what happens.

Just remember that changing your plans and goals in response to changing circumstances (and what you've learned from following those plans) is a strength, not a weakness.

Well done and good luck :)
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2020, 09:58:15 pm »
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Congrats on the job!! What type of job is it?  :D
Kitchen stuff at an aged care facility - not really sure what that entails! :) It's also my first job, so... lots of stuff to learn.
turin did you already know about my job before now by the way? if not, apologies...
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2020, 10:12:06 pm »
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turin did you already know about my job before now by the way? if not, apologies...

Yes, you mentioned at Yertle's party.

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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2020, 07:24:03 am »
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Yes, you mentioned at Yertle's party.
Good, I couldn't remember. What you said here though scared me into thinking maybe not!
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Re: Help a Cat have a productive summer
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2021, 12:25:19 pm »
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So... I haven't done stuff with this for too long...

Who knows what week (Early January):
Writing
  • To Kindle A Flame - hasn't been happening, I don't know quite why. It just hasn't. However, I've set a goal to get 20K words this month. So far: 54 words. Plan to finish at least 5K this week. Thus, end at 57,813 total.
  • David: Anointed Shepherd - I'll settle for anything, anything at all. But I aim to finish 'Life at the palace'
  • What She Gleaned - reread/skim whole lot, note down what needs doing (yeah, try this goal again)
Piano
  • Play every day, at least a bit
Learning
  • Finish the circulatory system by Friday and hold up under verbal quizzing from my very capable sister!
Uni
  • Stress about offers, perhaps? (It's very dicey, an 85 ATAR where last year's lowest selection rank was 91.25, I'm relying on SEAS to carry me through)
Work
  • No more work for this week
  • Get website to work on computer
  • Get app (once link sent)
Drawing
  • Find picture wanting to draw
  • Find watercolour pencils/look up if I want to acquire some
Sewing
  • Do some. Any at all.
Other
  • Take more photos using manual focus; get a proper one of daisy and post on forum?
  • Ride 10kms+ at least twice - Wednesday and Thursday at least
  • Get out Hebrews and reread chapters 1/2, see where I'm at (didn't achieve this any week so far)
  • Bring rabbit in at least twice and take at least one decent photo of her :D
  • Request statement of marks/study scores
  • Finish reading The Merchant's Daughter! as if I need a task list to make sure I do that
  • Go through 100+ of school emails and delete/de-label [currently 9,972 unread]
  • Check if I need to do anything about uni offers (can someone please tell me if there's anything I need to do to be eligible for further round offers apart from deleting the one I got off my list, if I don't get what I want?)
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