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What drives the day of an academic?

I recently ran a poll on Twitter to see what drive the day of academics. Do we mostly plan our days based on a weekly template, based on our to do lists, based on what is in our mailbox, or based on our meeting schedule? The majority is working around to do lists.

I work around a weekly template, but have a daily to do list as well. When my mailbox overflows, I need more time in my weekly template for the “email + admin” category. When I have meetings beyond my weekly meetings with my thesis students, then I have to move boxes around in my template too.

Here’s the wake of the poll:

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