After the fun weekend and excitement of the marathon, it’s been tough to come back to work and get things done. I had a huge pile of work waiting for me when I got back, including my Stats IV midterm (another Stats midterm? Yuck!), literature review for my qualifying paper/dissertation proposal, grading, and journal article writing. Sometimes I feel like a hamster on a wheel; even when I get one thing done there are always a handful of other things that need to be worked on. It never ends.
To make matters worse, every time I sit down to get some of this done I procrastinate. Facebook, blogs, race schedules all keep me from getting my work done!
So even though I put a high priority on my personal pursuits, such as running, I still need to figure this whole work-life balance thing out. Right now, I want more life and less work!! I’ve resorted to giving myself incentives. If I get my midterm and literature review mostly done today I am going in for a much needed post-marathon massage at my sports rehab place in Cville…
What kind of incentives do you give yourself to help you do things you don’t really want to do?