In the content-packed teleseminar, If You Do Nothing Else This Semester, I present the idea of protecting the time you need to do your work and how signs can help you. If you work in a cubicle vs. closed-door offices (or like mine was for the first three years I was a faculty member – it had a door but the walls didn’t go up very high so there was no way to keep the noise and distraction and yelling over the walls), then you will sometimes need to go to a different place to work.
That’s fine, too, but if you can use a sign to indicate that you need to be uninterrupted for 60 or 90” (no longer or people feel like they can’t wait) then do so. You are protecting time to get your work done – writing, grading, organizing, dealing with email, whatever. Access a bunch of signs (free) at http://keepingchaosatbay.com.
When you are using your signs, please follow these 5 “rules”:
Remember, the idea is that you are using your sign sparingly and judiciously (and always take it down at the end of the time you have allotted and have indicated on your sign or it loses all effectiveness).
And if you want to get your current semester organized or prepare for the next, I highly recommend If You Do Nothing Else This Semester. With the strategies I present you will get the strategies you need to not only have a successful semester, but a successful hear.