A continual life-long problem for me has been keeping my interests on one or just a few things. Instead, I try to do a million at once, and often succeed at none. When I am able to make myself do one thing day in and day out, it has good results - for instance, successfully completing a true 26.2 mile marathon. But that is often the exception. So here are the things I want to do in the tiny little time called the summer break:
1) Write a complete novel and start sending query letters to agents. The novel is essentially about a woman running an underground railroad in a sort of fantasy setting.
2) Form a band, including teaching myself to play bass, so that I can be the bottom anchor for said band. The band has serious Polynesian style rhythm underneath a type of power-pop guitar.
3) Write a web site called Tonal Research, which gathers information about various ways pitch is used by the brain - so this is linguistics, music cognition, auditory scene analysis, audiology, etc.
4) Learn the French language well enough to pass a test in October.
5) Work at least 30 hours helping to keep a roof over my family's head.
6) Write a publishable article on intonational groupings in English rhetoric.
7) Do the research to help design a music/lang experiment that I am assisting a couple profs on in the fall.
So which do I do? Even I realize I cannot do them all. Sigh....