Creators log

Monk Mode

6 June 2024

I’m going into “monk mode” soon because I’ve found myself getting distracted again.

I somehow ended up on Twitter arguing with people about things that don’t matter. This isn’t a good use of anyone’s time. And I felt a certain type of way (depressed? jealous? irritated) after seeing a few posts. I won’t get into details.

The H1 (first half) semester ends in two weeks. I should have a bit more time at that point to work on the book proposal.

Yet finding a nice, long block of uninterrupted time to do knowledge work is difficult when you’re taking care of a baby.

When I’m taking care of my son, I find that I can’t even start working on the proposal. His naps are inconsistent. And there are always other things I need to do — day-job teaching/grading, laundry, dishes, cleaning, prepping bottles, etc.

Fortunately, I know what I need to do with my proposal. I just need to find the time to do it.


I penciled in a date with myself for Friday evening. I’ll be going to a coffee shop or a quiet bar (I don’t drink anymore). This is the way forward in this phase of life.

Crunch time.

At the end of July, when my son starts a sort of daycare routine, more time will open up.