There’s always that one day — the day when you spend most of your day putting appointments into your calendar, the day when email volume doubles, the day when deadline work takes over and project work gets squeezed into a corner.
That day was Monday. Fall is coming.
Before Fall Term starts, I need to:
- Read a sample of the sophomore writing portfolio to assess evidence of information literacy.
- Finish writing up a report evaluating our joint technical and research help service point in the library.
- Update a few research guides that are now out of date.
- Create several brand new guides for brand new courses.
- Plan various orientations and beginning-of-school events (must must must remember to schedule a meeting of that committee I’m chairing…)
- Distill 2 days of discussion into a couple of action plans for our department
- Remember to eat, preferably three times a day, though that hasn’t happened yet this week.
Considering I have just a couple of weeks to do those things in, and considering that a couple of those things could each take a couple of weeks, and further considering that more and more of my time each day is spent answering email now that everyone’s getting ready for Fall…
… But this is normal. This is August.
(Also, see what I just did here? This is the blogging equivalent of cleaning my house when I know I should be writing a paper.)