I was talking to a friend last week about how behind I felt. After all, the month changed to July and here were all these plans I had made— due dates I had planned out— and it was already JULY. The guilt crept in and I was, admittedly, beating myself up over it. She then reminded me that we (our school/program) our classes and finals had finished only two weeks ago, which I often forget since my brain is so wired to think of semesters (which meant I would have been done a full month earlier.)
But that got me thinking... even if I was on the semester system where I had "finished" in May and it was now July, is it really that terrible that I hadn't met any of my (self-imposed) deadlines? While summer is definitely the time to grind (*cough ahem: dissertation proposal that I'm currently ignoring...), summer is also a time to rest and recharge, which is hard to do if I'm feeling guilty about resting and recharging, or feeling as though I need to earn my rest. All that to say, the status of my dissertation proposal is that it is not. Haha! :D
In a year, I read somewhere around 100-200 books. I don't have a TV and I use reading as a form of escape, and I especially like reading outside of academia. It also helps with improving my writing :)
When I'm trying to concentrate, I like having background music that's super dramatic. For some reason, instrumental music is instrumental (pun!) in helping me concentrate. Most of the songs are Korean-drama OSTs (original sound tracks), w/ a few classical music scores in the mix!
I don't categorize anything other than my "random round-ups" because it takes too much work (insert laughing emoji).