I have had the hardest time finding and keeping a routine this summer. (Which partly explains my absence from the blog over the past week, too.) I've been waiting for my schedule to settle down a bit so that I can figure out the ebbs and flows of my summer work day and schedule things accordingly. The problem is that my schedule hasn't settled down yet!
First, there was the school year that would not end. The end of the year stuff drags on way too long around here. Even after my teaching responsibilities end, there are other responsibilities that need to be fulfilled before summer "officially" starts--grades to submit, reports to file, way too many events to attend (graduation-related, departmental, you name it).
Second, there is the whole getting the research students up to speed thing. I'm working with undergrads again this summer, which I love, but I always forget how much time and energy it takes to get them started on a project.
Third, there are a few obligations coming up that I agreed to take on months ago that I really should have passed up. As strange as this sounds, knowing that these obligations are coming up and that they will disrupt my schedule for a week or so has been a mental block of sorts to me setting up a schedule--why set up a schedule if it's going to be thrown away in a week, my brain asks.
And last but not least, my social life has really exploded lately. I have some close friends who are leaving within the next couple of weeks--some for greener pastures, some for other visiting jobs and postdocs, some because the two-body problem never got resolved and they decided that they didn't want to do the distance marriage thing anymore. So, lots of goodbyes to say and lots of hanging-out to do. This will calm down soon enough (and sadly enough), but it does also lend to the whole schedule-up-in-the-air thing.
I really do need to figure out a schedule and start sticking to it. So, dear readers, I ask you: what tricks and strategies do you use to figure out your summer schedule and stick to it?