Today I’m getting some traction in my studies, on two levels – I’m getting through the prescribed reading for this Saturday’s block, and I’m making progress with how I take notes from the readings.
Getting traction, getting through, making progress. Okay.
There have been rabbit holes. Oh, the rabbit holes. Like Adobe Acrobat Reader, and how highlights work (or don’t work). There have been frequent side trips into Wikipedia, to learn the meaning of a word, or a philosophical concept, or yet another author and scholar I’ve never heard of, whose work is glancingly referenced. But those are only rabbit holes if I keep digging past the basic information. I haven’t done too badly there today.
A major distraction was the onset of annoying alert sound when the Dropbox synced. It took me over an hour to troubleshoot, which included a Google search and several dead ends, a support chat with Apple, and a request for support email to Dropbox, before I realized that I was hearing the alert sound coming from the workstation, which I had forgotten to shut down before settling to study.
Actually, I didn’t forget to turn the workstation off. I had started to do some work, and then decided, Oh, I’ll just do a little reading first. While that shows just how scattered and undisciplined I am in the use of my time, and ordering my priorities, I still feel like I am making progress. I got something done.
yes, I did get something done, but not as much as I had in mind. This is typical. I have plans to make really good use of my ‘discretionary’ days, and the distractions – some are genuine rabbit holes, and some are just not being able to stay focused – blow the day out of the water.
I mustn’t give up, though.