time and accrual


Some things that have crossed my mind in the last 24 hours: 

  • Parkinson’s Law—a task will shrink or expand to fit the time allotted to it. 
  • Protect your calendar.  
  • The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.

“This past year [2020] has taught me that ritual is the antidote to chaos. Small rituals, when practiced daily, give a sense of order to the mind.”  

ac·cru·al (/əˈkro͞oəl/)

[noun] the accumulation or increase of something over time   

Laguna Beach

I enjoyed a short, 3-day trip to Laguna Beach this past weekend. The week prior, I hustled as hard as I could to "get ahead" of my assignments in the doctoral program. And, I realized that I may never get to a place where I have successfully worked ahead of the agenda, and course outline. At least, I may not know the joys of feeling like I deserve to relax for the next 2.5 years. 

This is not necessarily a bad thing. I knew going into the doctorate program that I would be giving up a lot. A lot of time. Time that I would otherwise spend with family, traveling, or enjoying other pursuits. I have learned quite a bit in these past seven weeks, about myself and about others, and I look forward to learning more. Trust that it is not a lost point that my coursework is only beginning. 

The knowledge gained is almost enough ease the sting of time lost, the ache of academic rigor, the twinge of lonlieness, the stab of anxiousness, the pang of frustration, the spasm of sleeplessness, the cramp of existential flashes...

Sorry. I got lost there for a moment. Here are some pictures from my Laguna Beach this past weekend, where I worked to complete a 3-4 page paper and complete approximately 200 pages or reading.  

time management

I've been thinking a lot about time management, lately. After reviewing the summer semester reading schedule and course outlines for the EdD program, I realized that I really need to optimize my time. 

Time optimization means less time for hobbies, like letterpress printing *sigh* and no binge-watching Netflix/Amazon Prime shows. Instead, I’ll be reading, writing, and listening to books on tape. I’m not sure what other strategies would best, but I'm sure I’ll be re-examining a lot of my routines abs habits. What that looks like, exactly, is still uncertain. 

“Time is a trick invented by the Swiss.”