Deliberate Work

Mondays and Wednesdays used for deliberate work.

On a deliberate work day

Heatmap visualization tracking weekly focus sessions using Task Lights.

Other Days

Implications and Issues

  • Email is rarely answered. Instead I try to find other channels to communicate. However, this is incompatible with roles involving high-levels of coordination with many parties (conference organization, editors, etc.).
  • This works well for creative tasks and for people with flexible work schedules, otherwise, this may not work well in other settings.
  • This can break down when multiple projects which need big pushes at the same time. Anticipating collisions is important.
  • Making big pushes on one or two projects a week can mean that other projects may stagnate or some students are not getting the right level of feedback and direction. This is a difficult balancing act.
  • Defending the space for deliberate work can be difficult. Meeting requests, “shallow” tasks, and other forces constantly compete for it.

Work frequently and deliberately on goals that matter.

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Assistant Professor in Computer Science

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