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How I Spent My Time In Fall 2023

How I spent my time in Fall 2023

Fall 2023 has been a very busy semester for me, as you can see from the time breakdown. The shortest workweek had 47 hours, and the longest 73 hours. I didn’t get a chance to take much holidays at all, and even on long weekends I ended up catching up with projects.

The full time breakdown for this semester was as follows:

  • Teaching: 22.5%
  • Learning: 16.1%
  • Service: 9.3%
  • BEST Research project: 7.0%
  • ACI Avances (editor in chief work): 6.6%
  • Papers: 5.3%
  • Admin: 3.4%
  • Research proposals: 3.2%
  • Career things: 3.0%
  • Blog: 3.0%
  • PhD Candidate 1: 2.9%
  • PhD Candidate I don’t officially supervise 1: 2.3%
  • Meetings: 2.3%
  • Planning: 1.8%
  • PhD Candidate 2: 1.7%
  • Research project with post-doc supervision: 1.5%
  • Research: 1.4%
  • Meetings TU: 1.3%
  • Research project with Industry: 1.2%
  • PhD Candidate 3: 0.9%
  • PhD Candidate 4: 0.8%
  • Collaboration meetings: 0.8%
  • PhD Candidate 5: 0.4%
  • PhD Candidate 6: 0.3%
  • Email + admin: 0.3%
  • PhD Candidate 7: 0.3%
  • PhD Candidate I don’t officially supervise 2: 0.2%
  • Personal emails during work time: 0.2%
  • Post-doc I don’t officially supervise 3: 0.1%

Unlike previous semesters, a major chunk of my time was spent on learning: I had applied for a Coursera license from my university (and received it by surprise, so I had to take advantage of it), and I took an excellent Python course for structural engineers.

I also spent extra time on teaching: both on teaching an MSc course for TU Delft, and I’m taught Bridge Design for the second time in the BSc program at USFQ (so I still had quite some work in improving the course).

The result is, of course, that I got significantly less time on writing papers. I’ve managed to move all my research projects forward, but I’m behind with some of the journal papers I want to lead.

All in all, it’s been quite an exhausting semester. I ended up getting a cold towards the end of October, which I could not shake off (I tried to ignore it, which was admittedly a poor strategy). It turned into a throat infection and sinus infection in early December, and I’m still sniffing and coughing (I have done various COVID tests, all negative) – a clear sign that I should allow myself some rest to recover fully.

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