Friday, August 17, 2007

Yesterday's timesheet

Thursdays are all about recovering from Wednesdays. I got up late and went to bed early. So my total awake time was less than usual too (just over 12 hours).

Routine essentials:
Morning routine: 45 minutes
Cooking and eating: 2 hours 30 minutes
Travel (cycling to and from home and across campus): 42 mins
Exercise: 1 hour
TOTAL = 5 hours

Dissertation revisions: 2 hours 20 minutes
Work-related emails: 20 minutes
Coffee breaks: 10 minutes
TOTAL = 2 hours 50 minutes

Just for fun:
Knitting: 1 hour
Socialising: 1 hour 30 minutes
Internet surfing and blogging: 1 hour
Watching DVDs: 45 minutes
TOTAL = 4 hours 15 minutes

I guess I could cut some of that "just for fun" time. And I hadn't realised how much time cooking and eating takes up. I wonder if that is usual? I guess I'll see over the next week.


Jana said...

I think it's very important to have just for fun time - I'd go systematically through everything else before touching that.

Could it be that you don't need to optimise your time? Perhaps you're already operating at a highly effective level, and you simply need to scale back your expectations. Thinking "I should be doing more" is endemic among young academics, but, really, you're bound to need a lot of time because it's the first time you've given the lectures. If you get a post for another year, you'll have all your notes for the lectures and tutes, and it won't take up nearly as much time.

StyleyGeek said...

Maybe, but wait until you see my timesheet for Friday :)