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Logging My Reading Week

Logging My Reading Week

For this Reading Week, I challenged myself to keep a daily log to see what worked in keeping me productive and what didn’t. Here it is:

My Reading Week officially begins after I submit an assignment and head home. Knowing that I’ll be spending both Friday and Sunday at the Parliament of the World’s Religions as part of my ROP course, I plan out which panels to attend and ensure that my express tickets are printed. I resolve that I want to get two assignments done before next Friday and another done before Wednesday.

What worked: setting a concrete goal for myself.


Parliament of the World’s Religions. A very interesting but very long day.

2018 Parliament of the World's Religions logo. Caption: Where I was this weekend, mostly
Where I spent most of my time last weekend

What didn’t work: scheduling back-to-back panels and accidentally skipping lunch.


I feel completely wiped out from yesterday. I decide to check out the Day of the Dead festivities happening at the Harbourfront Centre. I get some reading done for one of my classes.

A super awesome altar from the Day of the Dead festivities I checked out. Caption: Super awesome Day of the Dead altar
Super awesome Day of the Dead altar

What worked: authentic hot chocolate.
What didn’t work: not anticipating how tired I’d be. I tried getting reading done, but accidentally fell asleep instead!

A picture of Seven Fallen Feathers, a book I need to complete for one of my classes. Caption: Maybe I wouldn't have fallen asleep if I didn't read in bed?
Maybe I wouldn’t have fallen asleep if I didn’t read in bed?


Back to the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Another interesting day. I go to a few more hands-on events.

What worked: pushing myself to try out new things and have new experiences.
What didn’t work: back-to-back panels again, and maybe pushing myself a little too hard.


I wake up feeling a bit under the weather and way later than anticipated. I go for a walk, so that I feel recharged enough to work on one of my Environmental Studies assignments for a couple of hours. I decide to binge watch The Haunting of Hill House afterwards, and play my violin for a bit.

What worked: getting some work done, going for a walk, treating myself a long Netflix session.
What didn’t work: spending too much time watching Hill House, and not trying to get more work done. But hey, I really needed a self-care day!


Still feeling sickish. But I eventually get around to answering some emails to schedule a few meetings. I get close to finishing the assignment I was working on yesterday, but stop myself from completing it because I feel like I’m doing a sloppy job (I’d rather be slightly behind schedule than submitting work I don’t feel great about). It’s sunny and warm out so I decide to go for another walk. I’m still taking everything a bit slow, but I decide not to worry too much about my assignments or else I might make myself feel overwhelmed.

Two notebooks open simultaneously. Caption: Two notebooks at once? We party hard here
Two notebooks at once? We party hard here

What worked: getting work done, walking, making sure I stay calm in the face of setbacks.
What didn’t work: not pushing myself to complete this one assignment before the middle of the week, which was what I initially had planned.

Productive or not, Reading Week is what you make of it. It can be a time for really pushing through with your final assignments or a time for recuperating. My original plan was to get tons of work done, but my body decided to slow me down. I could get stressed out about this, but would it be doing me any good? I think I needed a bit of a break before classes start up again. There are still a few days left to get important things done, and I think I can do it.

My advice? Like anything, plan ahead but don’t fret if life throws you a curve ball or two.

2 comments on “Logging My Reading Week

    1. Thank you! The altars were really amazing to see in person. I highly recommend attending any future Day of the Dead events.

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