Summer Appointment Hours

Dr Wernher von Braun's 1969 appointment calendarFor many faculty, summer brings at least some semblance of increased flexibility. But it is also a time in which we hope for increased productivity. And sometimes these are at odds with each other.

Personally, I have observed that less structure to my days means that I am more likely to schedule appointments, personal and professional, at random points, which makes my days add up to very scattered weeks.  So I’m trying out a new-to-me idea of summer appointment hours, similar to office hours. The goal is to block out a three-hour period each week in which I let myself schedule or accept appointments with others, to wrangle some order and allow myself to focus on just work on the other days of the week.

At the end of the summer I’ll review how it worked. But in the meantime, I’m interested in hearing from ProfHacker readers: how do you corral appointments from cutting up your schedule too much in the summer? Let us know in the comments.

[Image Creative Commons licensed / Flickr user AbsolutSpaceGuy]

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