Deep Creative Work
Date: December 14, 2013
I read the blog Study Hacks regularly. It's a great resources examining the use of time, particularly at the college level, but it applies elsewhere. In this post he examines his work load, common things that he works on, and the disparity between a "good week" in which he gets to do a lot of single-minded, deep, creative work, and a week where he doesn't get the time to do much of it.
I find that the larger my program grows, the less time I have to do the deep work. And really, that sort of work is what I'm hired to do, or at least what I get assessed on for Tenure and Promotion. Finding the time, blocking it off, and occasionally saying "no" is pretty difficult for me. It's a great read on a problem that many of us have.