You would think that I'd return to my regular writing schedule now that the semester is done (and has been done for a full month). You would think that, wouldn't you? Well, you'd be wrong.
I have a secret: I'm no good with unstructured time. I thrive on deadlines and regular meetings to keep me going. I would never do an online class because I wouldn't be able to work on it methodically and systematically--I'd either do it in big bursts or wait until the last minute.
This is a problem, however, for an aspiring academic. See, now (and in the future), I need to be able to work on my own projects/research/writing without someone setting deadlines for me. I need to be able to sit down and focus everyday on a given task and get it done. I think it's key to being successful in academia--and key to finishing my degree (and staying in my adviser's good graces).
With that in mind, I'm going to attempt to structure my own time and force myself to stick to some sort of schedule. The past couple of days I've been working on reading some scholarship and thinking about my Fall course, and tinkering with other tasks, but not in a structured, concentrated way. I hate feeling unproductive, but I'm having a hard time actually getting much done during my summer days.
Fellow academics, how did you train yourselves to be more disciplined and focus on tasks to be able to accomplish what you want to accomplish?