David Perlmutter, “Do You Really Not Have the Time?,” Chronicle of Higher Education, August 22, 2008, available at http://chronicle.com/jobs/news/2008/08/2008082201c.htm, provides a good list of suggestions for how faculty can manage their time. I extracted below some of his main points.
“To get your work life under control, you must first recognize that the problem is controllable. To view yourself as a martyr to work, fated to slog through the faculty years overburdened with cares and labors, is an exercise in self-indulgence.”
“ Discover and stake out your preferred work environment.”
“ Whatever your favored venue, carve out time to concentrate there.”
“ Frame of mind is also important. . . . You need some spiritual focus as well — a sort of ‘Zen and the Art of Research.’”
“Begin with the big picture: Consider what you want to complete in teaching, research, and service, and calculate the probable time needed to finish the projects for, say, three years ahead.”
David D. Perlmutter is a professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.