♦ It is evident that I will have to work a lot this semester if I am to make any headway. I cannot waste any time doubting, I cannot waste any time working when I am too tired to work well, and I cannot waste any time recovering from overwork.
♦ I think the most I can work might be 9 or 10 hours in a given day — and not every day. I can do more but it carves time out from the following day, so it is not useful. Definitely after the tenth hour I must stop and ideally, I will stop sooner.
♦ I do not think it is realistic to work 60 hours as we are assigned to do, but I am not sure I can fit everything into 40.
♦ In my experience people who act “efficiently” make mistakes that waste time for others and I do not respect this.
♦ Perhaps I could do “everything” in 40 hours but I notice that the people who say they do this have almost no service or administrative responsibilities to speak of and they apparently have very functional campuses. Just call me slow, then, or point out that I could be faster, I do not care. Yes, I will still be in the beautiful café doing reading while others are already playing catch, but how important is this in the end if I am relaxed?
♦ I think my department chair is actually putting in the 60 hours and not wasting time. To do this, though, you have to have someone else doing most of your house and yard work and your shopping, and the planning for these things.
♦ Perhaps 50 is a good compromise number. This can be scheduled in many ways: M-Th
9 10, F 5, and weekend 5, divided between two days or else all shunted to Friday.
Today, Friday, seems to be a day I am taking mostly off but I must absolutely:
- go to the bank
- read and think about two essays, and post a study question
- figure out what I am doing Saturday and Sunday, which must be work days at this point.
I also want to figure out what to do with my pesky novel manuscript. And I want to reorganize my files, which are chaotic at this point — some in the Ubuntu cloud and some in Dropbox, and others elsewhere, and they overlap.