October 19, 2003

Wednesday and week summary

On Wednesday, I worked 2-3/4 hours.

  • 10:30-11:00, meeting
  • 11:45-2:00, lunch with staff in the college and another meeting.

Through the whole week, I worked 52 hours. I don’t mind the length of time spent. What’s remarkable about the experience is how little I did that was focused on broader obligations to my field and research. I had some meetings related to them, but I did no reading in my field this week (history or history of education) and no writing. There are so many things I left untouched that will probably remain untouched in the next week and perhaps month.

This is definitely a week that makes me think about the balances I have in my life. Work is important, but I can’t work too many more hours in a week without having serious repercussions for my family or my health. And I suspect I won’t work very well if I don’t get enough sleep. So, what to do? No easy solutions.

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October 7, 2003

Summary of Tuesday work

10-1/2 hours today.

  • 8;10 a.m.-10:00, misc. office stuff
  • 10:00-2:00, classes
  • 2:00-3:10, misc. office stuff
  • 8:00-9:30, misc. class tasks (grading, making study guides, grade minutiae)
  • 9:45-11:45, misc. class tasks

For my loyal half-reader left, I’ll have some comments tomorrow, at the end of this accounting week.

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Monday summary

9-1/2 hours yesterday.


  • 12:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m., grading and thinking about grants (including reading some materials online from one target agency)
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m., lunch with colleague
  • 1:20 - 2:20, misc. office tasks
  • 2:20-3:20, talking to student
  • 3:20-3:50, talking to colleagues
  • 3:50-4:30, grading
  • 4:30-5:00, talking to student
  • 9:30-11:00 p.m., grading at home

Thus far, it’s been almost 39 hours. I haven’t mentioned what I haven’t been able to get done in this time yet.

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October 6, 2003

Summary of Sunday work

4-1/4 hours (let’s call it four)

  • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., grading
  • 1:30-1:45 p.m., grading minutiae (uploading, etc)
  • 7:00 - 7:45 p.m., grading (and minutiae)
  • 10:15 p.m.-12:00 a.m., grading

Thus far, since Thursday midnight, I’ve worked a bit under 30 hours. Hmmn...

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October 5, 2003

Summary of Saturday work

4-1/2 hours


  • 12:15-12:45 a.m., quiz-writing
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m., quiz-writing
  • 12:05-2:35 p.m., quiz-writing
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m., quiz-uploading
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m., paper-grading

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October 4, 2003

Summary of Friday work

7-1/2 hours


  • 6:15-6:45 a.m., e-mail
  • 7:45-9:15, quiz-writing
  • 9:50-11: misc. office work
  • 11-11:30: errands around campus
  • 11:30-12, misc. office work
  • 12-2:15, meetings
  • 2:15-3:20, misc. office owrk

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October 2, 2003

Summary of Thursday work

13 hours today:

  • 5:05 a.m., for a few minutes to do e-mail before breakfast
  • 6:25-7:40 a.m., about an hour total writing a grant report at home
  • 8:40 a.m. - 8:52 p.m., on campus, teaching and doing misc. stuff

Thursday is my long day this semester.

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October 1, 2003

Dull boring stuff over next week

Okay, all 1.5 readers out there: I’m curious exactly how much I work in a week. So, starting midnight tonight, I’m going to turn into Time Clock Dorn. Everything I do work-wise will be written down, so I can tally up exactly how much I’ve worked in the week from Thursday through the end of next Wednesday.

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