One of the things on my pre-surgery list has been to flesh out two of my five lectures. With one finished I am hard at work on the other. All five lectures have been given numerous times so it is indeed time to freshen.
Initially I was scheduled to deliver one in mid-November but when my surgery was postponed to October 17th I had to also postpone that lecture. Still I thought it would be of great benefit to have this tedious task done before surgery rather than procrastinating on it afterwards.
I am just now back to work on it after taking a 2 pm lunch break. I meant to eat an hour ago but kept putting it off as I copy-pasted. I know now it was a very prudent option to work on it sooner over later. I cannot imagine being able to sit at the PC for hours on end after having my knee replaced.
Revising a PowerPoint is both fun and arduous. The artistic creative side of it is great fun and I continually get lost in the play. I am forever adding a key point here or there which in turn means it has to be copied to many more pages. Then I keep re-arranging the order of pages. As I shuffle through the presentation suddenly I come across a page that I moved but not updated. It seems the more I do to flesh it out, the more work I am creating for myself!!! If this were me 20 years ago I would have gone all the way through making one particular change, then all the way through making the next change. Instead the right brain is riding high in the saddle on this one plugging in images here, and text there ad nauseum with no concern to continuity. That’s when it hit me that this is going to take twice as long to do as my former left brain self would have allowed. So this becomes a 100 hr prep for a 1 hour presentation.
But that’s okay…if I weren’t doing this I might be fretting about going under the scalpel again. Right now…who has the time?!