How I plan to spend my day:
40% - Grading papers
30% - Work on research
20% - Work on job applications
10% - Prep for tomorrow's class
How I actually spend my day:
30% - Office hours
20% - Division Meeting with Dean
10% - Department Meeting
10% - Committee Meeting
10% - Answering e-mails
10% - Forced collegial interaction with other professors I don't actually like
10% - grading papers, working on research, working on job apps, and prepping for tomorrow's classes.
I wish I were kidding. Talk about being nickel-and-dimed to death.
Am I the only person who fricking hates meetings? At least 90% of the meetings I go to are seriously meetings for the point of having meetings (or discussing what was talked about at the last meeting). It's always the same. At first, I try to pay attention in case there's something useful to glean out of what's being discussed. Slowly but inevitably, the words start to fade and blur until all I hear is "blah blah blah, shit I don't care about, blah." I could summarize every single meeting I've been to in about 30 seconds. Do administrators actually LIKE meetings, or they hate them as much as I do? If they do, who on Earth likes them so much that they're constantly scheduling new ones for us to go to?
Aaaaaaarrgghhh! I wanted to punch the Dean this afternoon because she just. would. not. stop. talking. about. NOTHING.
Ok. I feel a little better now. Not much, mind you, especially since I didn't get anything done that I wanted to do today. But I daren't talk about it any more, otherwise I'll have to add another % to my table labelled, "complaining on CM." So peace out.