Patterson's Rules for New Computer Science and Engineering Professors
New Professor Pitfall
Got a new office to myself, with a view!
In the beginning, no one knows who you are, so you get lots of work done in office
Over the year, more people know who you are, drop in to chat/ask questions
You start coming in earlier and staying later, but you get less work done
Follow the Patterson Rules!
Use startup funds/personal funds to have office at home as nice as office nice desk/chair, fast modem (>=ISDN), printer, big screen, ...
Determine time of day most creative/effective: early morning, after 6PM, ...?
Work at home alone during those time slots
Do creative work uninterrupted at most creative time
Be sure to be at school from lunch (social) and afternoon (lectures, student/colleague dropin, seminars ...)
Learn to say: NO! (but in a very polite way)
always think about it overnight, ask trusted friend before you say yes
(saying no lets you say yes later)
Make daily, weekly, semester to do lists
Find ways to keep a secretary/assistant busy: travel, fill out grade forms, schedule, ...
Read email <= once a day (when less productive)
Circadian rhythms: 20 minute nap at about 3PM adds > 1 hour of productivity in evening
Travel is #1 time synch; budget it appropriately