The clear calendar illusion

2015-05-13

in Daily updates, Writing

By now, I should intuitively understand that the open-looking weeks three or four weeks away in my calendar won’t be an oasis of productivity for major projects. Inevitably, Toronto350.org-related obligations, alongside photography and PhD work, will end up eating much of the open space before it is actually reached.

Thankfully, a totally open schedule isn’t necessary to progress on major projects. It can even be an impediment, as it can encourage the worst sort of diversion activity: the not-at-all-urgent project which is presently more appealing than what really needs to get done.

My priority projects for the moment:

  1. Write the final term paper for my markets and justice course
  2. Write a substantially longer and more sophisticated PhD research proposal
  3. Get my wedding photography business fully up and running

In addition to the normal Tuesday planning meeting, I am chairing a Toronto350.org board meeting tonight and must proofread the bylaws. There is also a divestment meeting tomorrow. Additionally, I have been hired to photograph a Canadian foreign policy conference between tonight and Friday, which unfortunately precludes participation in tomorrow’s Graduate Student Colloquium on Canadian Politics and Public Policy. Indeed, I need to get photos of the panellist at tonight’s 6:45pm event, before dashing off to chair the board meeting at 7:00pm.

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Milan May 13, 2015 at 11:37 pm

4/7 board members were unable to attend the meeting, so it was cancelled for lack of quorum.

I did get photos at the conference, however: Canadian Foreign Policy: Traditions and Transitions

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