I realize that the title of this post is not a good idea since there was ANOTHER mass shooting in the States earlier this morning. But, unfortunately, since the idiom is an apt title, I’m going to “stick to my guns” and have a completely nonviolent post.
A few weeks ago, I got to work on a Thursday at 08:30.
I started up my computer and got ready to do some prep work. My e-mail inbox opened up, and I saw on the screen:
I am a big fan of keeping my bold inbox as close to zero as possible, so I was maybe eager to read them.
However, reading them could have led to a slippery slope. Why?
My syllabi all say, “E-mails will only be answered in the time range 09:00-20:00.”
Despite the fact that I was in my office, I stuck to my guns and didn’t respond to the e-mails until 09:00. Wavering on this fact could easily come to bite me later by answering e-mails earlier and earlier (or later and later in the evening).
(However, the reason for 09:00 was non-arbitrary: on each day of the work week except Thursday this semester, I get to teach at 08:00 and wouldn’t finish until 09:05.)
What policies do you have that you try to make non-negotiable?
Today is the second day of the sixth round of O.C.T.O.B.E.R.
Green Bay/St. Norbert: 32 days
Minneapolis: 39 days
Lincoln: 82 days