Alright, so…a few things.
One: I have found that planning out work to be done on each day significantly helps. What also helps is stating to myself, “I will get X and Y done tomorrow,” as versus “I hope to get X and Y done tomorrow.” It’s a little difference in phrasing, but it makes a large difference as to my motivation and expectations of myself. The latter phrasing more often than not, leads me to rest in bed instead of work.
Also, while I’m on this: when I lie down during the daytime, now, it has helped very much to set a time as to when I’ll be okay with getting back up. Usually I don’t fall asleep, so this helps set limits on rest, which allows me permission to rest but ensures I don’t waste too much daylight.
I’ve also realized that taking notes during lecture really, really helps. When it comes to completing Discussion Posts on, say, two out of five readings and one out of three lectures, I can actually remember the lectures pretty well, if I’ve taken notes. (And $1.50 notebooks from the dollar store are not inferior to the $7 notebooks from the office supply store!) What I’ve found with the reading I’ve been doing is that, I think, just highlighting the text isn’t enough. I’m thinking that it just doesn’t get into my brain as well, when I don’t write.
When I was in high school, I’m pretty sure, I would take notes on the readings, because the books weren’t mine to mark up. It’s the same thing I’m doing with Research Methodologies, where I don’t own my book. The other two classes, though…hmm. It would take more time to take notes, and it might feel extraneous, but maybe it would help with recall when I have to do things like papers. When I’ve taken notes, it’s like I’ve written things out beforehand once, already, and so I kind of know what I read and how to regurgitate it. (It probably doesn’t hurt that I’ve been hardcore studying for Metadata for a while, now.)
As for my position in regard to my work: I’m caught up with Cataloging, though there could still be some work in regard to the results of that. I haven’t seen the new lecture posted yet, either. I’m almost entirely caught up with Metadata, though I still have a Discussion Post which I haven’t done, and I’m not sure how long ago it was that I skipped it. …Ah…I see now. It was during the third module, and the (long) reading was in my textbook. And right now I’m two weeks behind in Research Methodologies, but I have a break coming up to catch up with it, so it shouldn’t be too hard to re-sync. The only irritation there is that my book is pretty gross because it’s a rental…
Otherwise…I had been on the fence as to whether to cut my hair off or not, given the fact that the cold season is ending, here. I had wanted to take the bulk of it off, given that it is voluminous and unruly when it’s combed out and unbound; then I took a shower and deep-conditioned it, and it’s much more manageable. (I was actually able to crush it down for the first time in months, without it being strawlike and stiff.) I’ve got to remember that conditioner — and wet-styling, including combing things out with my fingers and conditioner in the shower — makes a world of difference. I may get the damaged sections cut off soon, but I think I’ll try and hold on to most of it, so that I can eventually braid it. The braid is coming sooner rather than later, it’s a sure thing. 😉
What I am still considering is the possibility of getting bangs cut…especially given that when I try and wear a mid-level or higher ponytail, it stresses my hairline (my hair is thick, dense, and heavy). This means that the weight of my hair is pulling on my scalp so hard that it’s hurting the follicles right above my forehead. If I do that too often, my hairline will recede (not to say it hasn’t already minorly recessed).
I also need to start wearing earrings again, if I want to retain my piercings…
I’ve also (re)started using a prescription medication for my face, but I’m going to try using it only once every two days, and see if it still irritates me to the point that I can’t use it.
Creatively, I haven’t been able to get much done in the past couple of days, though that’s understandable, given the circumstances. I should probably try and schedule in play periods as well as work periods and rest periods. What I’ve been doing is basically working all day at my schoolwork, but casually, so that if M needs me to do something or if I get hungry or thirsty, I can stop what I’m doing and take care of it. I’m…not?…entirely certain that’s the best way to go about things, though, because that can lead to guilt about doing things that I obviously don’t have to do, but which I want to do. It’s different when I obviously can’t work, then there’s no loss in doing something else; but when I’m fully functioning and I know it may be temporary, it’s hard to get away from the obligations.
And…the issue about being unable to write fiction without triggering myself…I need to bring up with someone, because I really do want to try making a webcomic, and I don’t necessarily want to make it epic or dark. I understand I may have little choice about that, but maybe I can try not writing about my trauma, you know.
Of course, maybe it wouldn’t be trauma if I could avoid it…
One more thing, before I forget: I did substantially better on the last Cataloging test than I did on the assignment right before it. Although I made a lot of errors, still, they’re minor. I’ve found that maybe I don’t have to give up entirely on becoming a Cataloger; however, I’m going to have to teach myself what I don’t know. As for Digital Services…to be honest, I don’t have enough data to permanently aim myself down either track, right now. I need to see what happens over the rest of this semester. I should remember, though, that I do have a printout where I was comparing both paths, and if things happen next semester as I’ve planned, I should be taking two classes which apply to both tracks.
I honestly don’t know how that’s going to work out. I feel like I’m just getting a taste of things, here — and I don’t even know if I’m using the right format to archive my work — and I don’t know who to ask about it…but, well, maybe…maybe it’s OK?
It would really be nice to know what I was doing…