I listened to my past self and was very pragmatic about what I would be able to achieve in December. I even booked some time off for the period around Christmas and New Year, so I wouldn’t be tempted to promise others to get something done, then. That was a good decision: less running around and stressing about; and more time to reflect, plan and be strategic.
On the research front, I mostly coded interviews from a project looking at the use of digital platforms in local government. I also did some more work on the budget for the digital literacy project that I have been mentioning.
Most of my writing time was used to work on the second edition of the “Management Research – Applying the Principles” book. I also did some work on the “expression of interest” form for a research grant, and I worked on some paper revisions.
My teaching time was mostly taken with marking (and chasing other people to complete theirs). In addition, I interviewed a PhD candidate, and I set up the online learning environment for the module that I am teaching next semester. I will be teaching Research Methods, and I am excited about using, first hand, the learning materials that I have prepared for the “Management Research – Applying the Principles” book.
As usual at this time of the year, I spent some time reflecting on the year that was ending: achievements (e.g., my appointment at the University of Sussex), disappointments (the Gender and Money paper not having a home, yet), and reasons for both. I also made plans for 2023, and chose my word for the year: cheerful!
I hope you had a lovely December, and I wish you a cheerful 2023.