Monday, September 11
The semester has started, and the hallways are suddenly filled with imminent dangers: Advice-seeking students, administrators who want to dump committee work on me, lost people who want directions, more students, book buyers (who deserve a posting of their own). To make things worse, it's Monday, and you know how much I hate that day! First I was torn between marking my presence (see, unlike some of my senior colleagues, I actually make it to school when I don't teach!) and getting some work done. Now that I've given up on the presence thing (I need to get some work done!), I'm sitting behind my closed door, anxiously waiting for inspiration to kick in. I feel like I've set myself a trap...and I desperately need to pee. Help!

6 comments:

Turquoise Stuff said...

I hate it when I'm about to be really productive and I realize I have to go to the bathroom. It happens too often. I'm not sure what that means. (I'm afraid it may mean that I'm so crazy busy at times that I don't even realize I need a bathroom break. It's crazy.)

So if you can only get work done behind closed doors and that's what you have to do in the end then is it worth staying around just for "show". That is, this way you're not showing yourself and it sounds like you're probably distracted. Just wondering.

wisteria said...

Nicely observed, TS...Unfortunately, the location question is utterly complex for me and my recent attempt to resolve it has been to treat it as fixed. For (endogenous) reasons I won't go into here I can't work at home. I've never been able to work at a place like Starbucks (what do people do with their laptops when they need to go to the bathroom?) or a library (can't eat or drink). So I've decided to work exclusively at the office. So far it hasn't worked out too well. Probably because this just isn't an office job, but maybe (hopefully) because I still need to get used to the fact that I can't switch to another location as I used to do (and still not beef up my productivity, but waste a lot of time).

wisteria said...

I meant exogenous...I can't work at home for exogenous reasons. Hello Dr. Freud.

Rattie said...

I feel your pain...

Clear said...

You have no idea how many times my aspirations have been compromised by my having to pee. I am totally going to actively take bathroom location into account when I move offices.

kodachrome said...

WIsteria, Call a friend, and read him or her the first line of the page your supposed to be working on.