When I write, I set up 15 minute chunks of time for work with 2 minute breaks in-between. It helps me to stay focused on the writing process.
I just realized that I don't do the same for reading--take a break after an allotted time, that is.
It's no wonder that I end up reading 7 pages in 2 hours. I'm not focused and there is no timer to keep me accountable.
4:15 to 5:30pm - Read 11 pages (5 minutes per page) with 2 minute breaks in between each 15 minute interval.
5:30pm - Reward myself by going for a half-hour jog.
I did it! I completed the reading with 8 minutes to spare, and I even made notes.
The KEY DIFFERENCE was that with the timer, I was forced to focus on that which was important to me and to ignore that which was tangential or not even useful. This is an important lesson. In reading articles at this stage of my dissertation proposal, I do not want to waste time on the agenda of the article I am reading. I want to focus on the agenda of my proposal. And I need to remember that the authors of these articles are not on my examination committee. I need to please my committee and no one else... that is, until I have to publish, but that's another blog altogether.
And now, I am off for a run. Yes!
9 months ago