I’m taking a break from academic deadlines for a couple of days for the sake of health and sanity, but then it’s back to article revisions, teaching duties, various other research redtape tasks but most importantly a PhD dissertation I am examining.
I thought I’d take a few minutes to write down my plans for 2021. Then it’s back to music, Netflix and reading. Till Sunday when my nose will return to the grindstone.
- Stay healthy and sane.
- Pass both classical guitar and piano exams reasonably well.
- Finish notating at least a couple of my compositions. Notating past compositions may be a headache, I’m going to see if I can find software that can transcribe from recordings so I can at least edit as I go.
- Try to stay alive, which is no trite sentiment in these difficult days.
- Meet my work-related KPI in relation to articles, networking, the two webinars I am organising, and the research grant I am leading.
- Read more than I did in 2020. I only read 20 novels in 2020 (which is a nice number, I suppose), so that shouldn’t be too big of a challenge given my usual average is 50-60 novels.
- Try to do art. I tried in 2020 but faltered. I should at least have one complete watercolour by year’s end. I hope that’s not too ambitious.
- Play a tune on Violetta the violin. Just one tune? Yes. Because most of my energies are going to be on Raoul and Kalliope for exams. For most of the year it’s just going to be scales on Violetta as I reacquaint myself with the voice of the violin and techniques I have forgotten/not used in two decades.
- Various home improvement mini-projects. Vaccine or no vaccine, I’m not travelling until 2022-2023 when the world sorts itself out (will it ever?!). So these years are the best time for these things. I’m never going to get a windfall or make bank so I should at least make my nest even more cozy since I’m likely living here for the rest of my life.
That’s basically it. Stay safe and sane, folks!