This is a time management blog for Busy Professors, coordinated by the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research
The mission of the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research is to improve student learning by providing an extramurally funded, academic environment within a scholarly research institution to build and leverage the growing and diverse scholarly literature on pedagogical content knowledge (PCK).
Some of you requested copies of my most recent PPT slides from The Busy Professor seminar given at University of Minnesota – American Association of Physics Teachers Workshop for Experienced (not old, but senior) Faculty Workshop on July 25, 2014. Because the files are too big to email, you can download them here…. time_management_AAPT-EFW_July2014
I have so many lessons to learn from my brothers and sisters in the Hawaiian islands, and many of them have to do with balancing what’s really important with time-management and productivity. To help drive this point home, the Kona Brewing Company has released a series of commercials highlighting the importance of priorities. I recommend setting your text message machine down for a few seconds and contemplating this ….
I’m thinking about this concept of “single-tasking” as compared to “multi-tasking” in the following way: If you are doing two things simultaneously, such as texting and drinking beer, or surfing the web and smoking a cigar, or kissing on your spouse while fumbling with the TV remote, does it naturally follow that you don’t value both? No, I don’t think so entirely. But, if you’re reading this while you are eating a sandwich, are you really noticing the subtle nuances of how wonderful that sandwich is? Or, are you putting enough noise into your life so that you don’t have to (or get to) really experience what you are doing in “the moment.”? I don’t have answers for this questions for sure – what I do know is that these Kanaka brothers do have the right idea about “happy hour”… I’ll leave you with this short commercial.
You can TRY to multi-task, but you’ll do better with time management strategies from TheBusyProfessor.WordPress.Com The truth is, we can’t multi-task and we need specific strategies to isolate incoming information.
Time management is a concern for many faculty. This site represents my crude first step in collecting ideas that faculty can use RIGHT NOW. Looking for a place to start? Check out these PPT slides from a workshop at the 2013 AAPT AAS APS New Faculty Workshop! time_management_AAPT-NFW_June2013-final