HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE HAVE ROUTINES. Inside Higher Ed has two columns by writers who appear to be unclear on that concept. In "Summer Thoughts -- I" an academician in Hawaii observes,
But as the summer progresses I am beginning to realize that perhaps these differences between the student summer and the professor summer are illusory. My sense that professors are just grad students with health care grows. For while summer is supposedly a time of growth and improvement, it actually gets frittered away using the same techniques of procrastination and denial that one perfected during graduate school.
Yes, you have to put in some re-creation time during the summer, because you won't get it during the academic year, but you have to establish some kind of routine, even if you're not doing a summer class.

The pseudonymous Shari Wilson provides "Summer Thoughts -- II" with ample evidence that she's well-placed as a freeway flyer.
Not having a regular wake up time leaves me feeling dislocated. Sometimes I am grateful if a friend calls at 7:30 or 8 a.m. — if only to give me a start time for my day. Even when I schedule activities for a day, they don’t seem pressing. I move events from page to page in my calendar — even calling to reschedule a chiropractic appointment because I am too lazy to put on decent clothes and drive the half-mile to his office. Regular dog walks are the only constant. And my dog sometimes looks as though he’d like to sleep a few of those off, too.
So set the alarm clock, shower and make breakfast as if it's a school day, then put the Prokofiev on and write. Take a blogging break in the afternoon. Repeat as required until the next paper is done.

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