I’ve been showing my students this semester how little time they have in an effort to make them realize the importance of managing that time. I have also been engaged in my own pieces of time management, trying to locate where my time has gone, and what I can do to rectify that.
A lot of my time is taken up by school, no doubt, especially the grading. I’ve taken steps this semester to reduce that load, and I think it’s helping, but there’s the hidden time cost to working on school, and that’s a loss of concentration when it comes to reading and writing. I’ve written about that ad nauseum, so I won’t rehash it here.
But the other big time loss is in sleep. It’s not that I’m sleeping 12-16 hours a day, but rather my insomnia that is the problem. I have never been able to get to sleep easily, and the loss in time getting to sleep results in not getting much because I still have to wake up. Then I end up crashing when I come home. Broken sleep results in grogginess, loss of concentration, and general grumpiness. I’m always much more productive when I can maintain a normal schedule. I’m endeavoring to maintain a normal schedule, but it’s no guarantee with me. Maybe it’s time to set up strategies to minimize the disruption to the schedule, so it’s easier to get back on track.