Getting organized is key to having a successful semester.  Here is a tip to help you do just that:

Place a sign on your door when you need it. You can go to and download a bunch of these. Use 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).

Protect the time you need to do your work. If you work in a cubicle and not 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 out 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 minutes (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.

Use a sign to help you protect the time you need.

And for more tips and ideas like this you will be interested in The Compendium of Productivity Tips for Professors that is available for immediate access and download.


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