Notes from the Student Caring Podcast for Professors
SC 160 How to be a Happier Professor
Part Two of “Getting Behind” – Prevention
How We Can Avoid – Getting Behind:
• Don’t answer immediately to a request for a commitment to your time. Take a day and think it over.
• Watch out for those committee members who will assign you some work if you are not at the meeting.
• Politely reserve the rights to your time.
• Divide up those big piles of work into bite sized tasks.
• Don’t try to grade all of those papers in one night!
• Are you the type of person who feels that you work better under pressure? Be careful.
• Viewing your upcoming week, at all times, can help you gauge your workload.
• Sit down, once a month to take a look at the month ahead, you’ll feel more in control.
• As a last resort, you can call in sick for a day! This can provide a much needed stress relief.
How much work do I need to do to fulfill this obligation?
• Sometimes the amount of work you put in (comments on papers) can overwealm the student.
• Keep the amount of work that you give people, manageable.
• Do good work, but do reasonable amounts of work as well.
We welcome your comments, feedback and guest post submissions.
Daniel & David