Integration and Not Balance

As we begin the start of the Fall semester I thoroughly enjoyed last week’s class. I was able to get advice from my peers on how I should be managing my time with my thesis. It sounds ridiculous that my thesis is focusing on work/life balance but I cannot seem to manage my time. The group that I was in gave great advice of dedicating at least thirty minutes a day to my thesis. I find that this would be beneficial as thirty minutes provides me ample time to research and write but not overwhelm me. For the first few weeks, I really want to solidify my research. Similar to Diana, I want to further my literature review. My biggest fear is putting together a number of sources only to begin drafting my paper and realizing that it does not flow and needing to start over. With this, I need to be intentional with the work that I am doing. This past week I did set aside time for my thesis and surprisingly it came in the strangest way. I needed to read a text, “Sustainable Careers in Student Affairs” for my job as we were then having training. Shockingly enough, the text focused on work-life balance. I guess in theory I really didn’t set aside time for my thesis, but I was able to get thesis work and work for my job done at the same time! During training, one thing that stuck with me is the discussion of the impact of ideal worker norms and the reasons for them. This tied into my journaling that I have done and noticed that simple things such as having a “working lunch” impacts one from having a balance or should the text say integration of work and life. Another contributing factor is one’s supervisors. If one’s supervisor is constantly sending out emails and messages when staff is not working it’s easier for staff to adapt those habits and create a department that has no integration of work and life.  I am hopeful that this text can be used in my literature review as I dive deeper into each chapter.

Published by vicksthesis

We have reached the finish line! Well... almost! This academic year 2021-2022, will be my last year of graduate school with the English Writing Studies Program! So stay connected and follow me on my thesis journey!

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