I must be in denial, because for the past three days (Thurs, Fri, and today), the top item on my to-do list has been "Prepare for classes". Specifially, prepare for this brand-spanking-new class I'm teaching. How much work have I actually done on this item? Zero.
On the flip side, procrastinating on that one task has made me super-productive on just about everything else in my life:
* I've run a bunch of new experiments that one of my summer research students never bothered to do (and that I didn't realize until last Friday---when I really needed the data. Oops. That made for a fun Friday night).
* I've updated and cleaned up a bunch of code. Sometimes undergrads write really bizarre code. This might be a topic for a separate post.
* I've cleaned out my Inbox and sent a bunch of way-overdue emails. And filled out a bunch of surveys. Everyone wants my opinion. I am powerful!! (yeah, right)
* I've done a ton of writing. (there's so much more to do though!!)
* I've gone back-to-school shopping. I didn't need much, just a few "staples" (like khaki pants that actually fit me and are flattering---thank you, Banana Republic!). I also ordered a computer bag online. I figured it was time to get a real, stylish bag and stop carrying around those cheapie conference tote bags. Wow, I must be a grownup now!
* I've updated my CV for this professional volunteer opportunity I've been invited to apply to.
* I've started reading through the stack of journals, etc that have been piling up for months now. I've already found stuff that I can use in my fall classes. (Hmm, maybe that should count as class prep?)
All good stuff, but none of which are getting me any closer to having a clue as to what I'll be doing in the classroom this fall. So today, I swear that I will do some real, actual class prep!!
After lunch, of course. :)