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May 11, 2010

And Here Is How I Work…Everyone else is blogging about it so why can't I?

Bloggers this week are posting answers to a few work related questions. I'll jump on that since all I seem to do is work.

1. How many days do you work per week?
I work 5 but more often than not I am logging in to check work email and rid my inbox of simple random tasks that could really ruin my Monday morning. Sometimes it is just adding an event to the web calendar, or replying to a simple question. I spend 30 -60 min over the course of the weekend doing that. If I have something due Monday I'll work on it over the weekend to be sure it is ready and done correctly. Last weekend I spent about 5 hours working on lecture materials for a talk I was giving.

2. How many hours do you work, in total, every week?
50-60, depending on what's happening. In higher ed everything goes in cycles - recruitment, orientation, training, exam prep, exams, break,
training, exam prep, exams. In medical education the cycles are shorter, vary from academic year to year, and run July 1- June 30 so there are no breaks. I like my work. I am happy with work so I don't mind. When I start to feel burned out I cut it back by taking on fewer projects. I am lucky to have a great deal of autonomy where most of the time I can pick and choose projects.

3. Do you have a fixed work routine? How does it look like?
Email and phone message come first. Anything that can be handled quickly gets done immediately. Anything that is fun or interesting gets done second. Anything dreadful or dull gets done last.

I take care of routine web updates on Mondays (news, events) and manage the list-serv tool (adds, drops, stats). I get into major web creation and renovation on Tuesdays. Wednesdays I use for scheduling meetings and consultations, so I get to spend the middle of the week out & about, meeting with people in different places on campus. Thursday is project day - working on pieces of whatever projects I have going. Friday is 'Photoshop Friday'. I save any graphic design stuff (banners, buttons, templates) or digital imaging work (scanning EKGs, manipulating clinical images) for Fridays.

4. How many times per year do you take vacations, and how long are they?
In June I go to the beach for a week - I go without any technical stuff. I go with my beach chair and a stack of books. In August I do the same but camping instead of the beach. I take a few days off between Christmas and New Years, too. I schedule a few long weekends here and there to do gardening or to do nothing at all.

I consider my conference attendance as vacation, too. I try to hit one national and one regional higher ed or med ed conference each year. The national ones are 3-4 nights away from home. This year it'll be San Antonio TX. Regional ones are day trips.

5. How many hours per day do you spend on email?
I'm in email all day. Since I work in web tech, people are always emailing stuff to me - Can you put this on our web page? Can you add this to the web calendar? It is a steady stream of such requests. I don't let them pile up since I'm logged in most of the time anyway.

6. When you are not working, what are you doing?
The last two years have been grad school. I look forward to being done and having real free time again and lots of it! I have plans for landscaping the front yard. I'd like to paint the shed and finish staining the woodwork in the kitchen and living room. I'd like to improve my disc golf game. I might get a bicycle.

If you write a blog, answer the same questions to continue the meme.

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