June 5, 2008

Scheduled fragmentation is less stressful

Today is F day, as in fragmentation (so get your mind out of the gutter). It's the first day of summer vacation for my children, but my teaching spouse is in for a final closeout day to finish her paperwork for the year. Or, rather, it's the paid closeout day, since she may have to head in next week to finish the paperwork in truth. (This last year has been her sixth in special education, and she has a relatively high case-load this year, which was also the first year in which she was asked to take her students for individualized state testing, something that set her back several weeks as far as paperwork is concerned. But that's a topic for a separate entry.)

With teenagers, my supervision duties are fairly light, but I don't anticipate long stretches of time for concentration. My daughter has two online tasks today (one that will require a few hours), and I expect I'll have to be Tech Support for her slower computer, or negotiate time on the family office computer. I have one appointment in the early afternoon, and then we have Events later this afternoon and evening. In the meantime, one student just told me that the university's switch of e-mail services has thrown off e-mail forwarding for a large group of students in my summer class, so the stuff I thought would get done today might not be done until tomorrow (when I had hoped to have time to concentrate on other tasks for the class).

At least I knew today would be fragmented. I think I'm going to have to fight fragmentation on at least one day a week this summer, put my foot down, and say no to all meetings for one day a week. Otherwise, I won't get anything done.

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Posted in The academic life on June 5, 2008 11:19 AM |