I tried to start getting in the swing of tracking workload this past week, as well as back in the swing of WW. Now, this was sort of stupid, as my week was all nutso because it was the first week back, I was trying to get back in the right timezone, I had stupid work-related social events that involved food and drink…. So anyway, I’m going to try to get back in the swing of things this week for real.
Some observations from my less-than-successful tracking week last week: 1) At least for the first month of the semester, I’m going to be spending at least 40 hours a week on teaching. The problem is reading. Reading takes time. And while it might seem like reading isn’t “work,” the kind of reading you have to do to prepare to teach a bunch of people who may or may not have done the reading is, in fact work – i.e., not terribly fun or relaxing or restful. 2) The major problem with food tracking is having food in single-serving sizes that I’ve already calculated the points for, i.e., cooking at least one major meal ahead to get me through those days of the week when I’m a nutso. Given the fact that I didn’t return from MLA until like 11 PM on the eve of the semester, that just didn’t happen last week. 3) I did get some research reading done last week in spite of the challenges, but no writing. This week I’ve got to do better. 4) I’ve also got to get better about remembering to track the work. Food is easier as I’m eating much less of the time, and I don’t do as much multitasking while eating. With work, I’m doing it more often and I’m doing other crap while I’m also working more often. Maybe the trick to workload management is not to multitask quite so much? Something to ponder.
On that note, let’s begin the second of 15 brutal Tuesdays. And yes, I plan to count down like this all semester, because it does help to see that I’m getting closer to being finished with this terrible schedule.