I’ve gone compartmental

Sunny Sunday morning. The temperature is finally dropping below 80. And the leaves are changing. I still can't get used to autumn in the south ... No outdoors for me, though. The lists and stacks and deadlines just grow and loom. It's not enough that there are seventy-five wiki entries waiting for me to grade them; a thirty-five page article accepted by ROMARD needs to be edited and resubmitted in ten days (thanks for reminding me - have to contact the Newberry and request permission to use their title page from A Game at Chess in the article).  Continue reading I’ve gone compartmental

Still juggling

As a follow-up to the last post, which was devoted primarily to prioritizing the good things that are happening to me, I thought I might write about how I approach prioritizing. I am intrigued by the many different approaches to time management, and while I always advocate the learning of this skill to my students I realize that it is not possible to impose time management methods upon anyone. We're all just too different.  Continue reading Still juggling


I consider myself to be relatively well organized when it comes to work. I keep lists (I use Things synced between my Mac, iPad and iPhone to organize just about everything in my life), and I use DevonThink Pro Office to keep track of all research and most of my teaching resources. While my desktop (virtual and real) is not the tidiest, I know where everything is. So I've been looking forward to making the most of my efficiency this summer and make a serious dent in everything from writing to personal research projects to imageMAT prototype development to preparing for this fall's job market. I never expected family emergencies to completely throw me off my game, but so they have. And while it has been at times by turns terrifying and exasperating, the experience of having to put my personal plans in abeyance has been an important lesson.  Continue reading Priorities