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April 23, 2010

I need to get a lot of work done in the next few weeks. I’m turning my dissertation in one chapter at a time at as rapid a pace as my advisor can handle. When I turn in a chapter, I instantly start reworking the next one so that it will be ready. My goal is to have at least two finished chapters to go at any point. I got a little behind this week, though. Not for any particular reason. Just for a lack of good work habits. I am trying to reform, but I’m distra…hey, look, is that a deer in my yard?

What was I talking about?


Yesterday I had the house to myself and nothing on the schedule except a quick trip to the grocery store. I sat down to work and I got stuff done, but I could have done better. So this morning I downloaded>Freedom which is shareware for macs. Freedom lets you lock yourself out of the internet for a period of time that you set. I set it for 180 minutes. I figured three hours of solid work without traipsing off to check my email or a facebook status was a good length of time. Plus I had to work in the library this afternoon.

I was smoking. I finished one a chapter and got halfway through another one. I think I’m in love.

The program is simple. You type in the number of minutes you want to be offline. Once you click okay, the program doesn’t allow you to open it again until either a) your time is up or b) you shut down your computer and reboot. The idea is that the process of rebooting is a sufficient hassle to prevent you from doing it for no good reason.

I found it very effective. I also discovered that while I couldn’t get online or check email, I was able to send email, which was perfect because I needed to email my advisor and remind him that he still owed me a chapter back and tell him I had another one ready for him.

So if you’re looking to keep yourself in line, I highly recommend Freedom. Even though it sounds like feminine protection. It’s self-discipline for those of us that don’t have any.

Beyond that, I had a pleasantly busy afternoon in the school library. The librarian was reading
Bats At the Library to the first graders today. She used it as a way to remind the children that although the school library would be closed over the summer, they could go to the public library and participate in the summer reading program. One boy’s hand shot into the air.

“My mother said that there won’t be any library at our school next year. Is that true?”

“No, it’s not true. The library will still be here next year. But I won’t be the librarian anymore.”

The children were silent.

“But who will check out the books?”

It’s an excellent question. The second class to come in for story time was the one taught by my friend, AJ’s first grade teacher. We discussed our concerns about what is happening with music next year (apparently nothing) and whether she would be doing one of the split grade classes next year (she’s a specialist in multi-age classrooms and is the only teacher in the school who’s done it before, but apparently no one’s asked her about it). We are trying not to feel like things are getting worse and worse, but…

“We need a glass of wine and a long evening to talk about all this.”

“Any time. Name the day.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2010 9:16 am

    “But who will check out the books” is really sad. Good luck with the writing!

  2. freshhell permalink
    April 24, 2010 4:15 pm

    Sigh. I did wonder that, too. Are they going to train all the remaining teachers to do this or will no books be checked out next year? And who is going to make sure they’re all checked back in? And who is going to acquire new books? How frustrating and sad.

    Since I don’t have wifi on my ancient laptop, I don’t have to worry about distractions while I’m writing. I can’t plug the cable in anywhere so I just have word capabilities. And, at home, if I need to, I can just pull the plug. Bing0 – no internet. In the next year or so, I really need to upgrade and then I might need something like that program to keep me in line. Then again, I’m on the internet all day at work anyway so it’s not hard to step away. At least for an hour.

  3. April 25, 2010 12:28 pm

    that program sounds like it could be a godsend, as i sit here reading blogs when i should be catching up on bills & accounting.

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