It is officially still summer, even if the weather disagrees, or is overdoing things, but the start of August is definitely the beginning of the end for most academics. Around this time of year, I notice a very clear split among my colleagues between those who are beginning to prepare for the new semester even though (for us in the UK) it's still over a month away, and those who are still totally ignoring the existence of classes this autumn. I never know which strategy is 'best' - I really like the feeling of NOT being in a panic in freshers' week that comes from doing prep now, but I also find that as soon as I start doing prep my stress levels rise and ability to prioritise my research writing slides. So, Miserians, advice:
Would you advise putting off preparing for classes until the last minute, or is preparing in the summer the best option?