Notebook Entry

Top priorities

  • HMC research project and resulting papers, conferences, etc
  • Publishing my personal research (that which may or may not be related to what we do in the HMC lab).
  • Submit funding proposals

Secondary

  • PyDy development, including GSoC mentoring/organizing
  • Applying for long term jobs, mostly tenure track academic positions.
  • Gyrobike senior design mentoring
  • Lab meetings, seminars

Starting with 40 hrs a week:

  • 20: hmc research project, this means planning and performing experiments, doing the analyses and/or study needed to do the analysys, reading papers, writing papers, etc
  • 15: work on my research projects/papers, mostly trying to publish the work I did for my dissertation to increase my pub counts.
  • 1: write and submit funding proposals (right now this amounts to the PyDy idea)

The remaining 14 hrs a week:

  • 2.5 hrs: Lab meetings, seminars
  • 1.5 hr: gyrobike meeting and help
  • 6 hrs: everything else (pydy, job search)

If I look at the 37 weeks in my time tracker from July 8 2013 to March 22 2014, I can try to figure out what I've spent my time on. There are 259 days, divided by 7, is 37 weeks.

HMC project:

400.5 (analysese ,etc)
+ 55.3 (MASB)
+ 46.7 (gait2d model)
+ 20.4 (treadmill repair)
+ 23.7 (control experiments)
+ 3.9 (WCB2014)
+ 2.2 (DW2014)
--------------
552.7 hrs ~ 15 hr/week

My research:

138.8 (bmd2013) + 49.2 (yeadon) + 15.8 (structural id) + 1.2 (bicycle params) + 0.5 (bicycle stuff) --------------------- 205.5 hrs ~ 6 hrs/week

Funding proposals:

26.3 (opensim summer thing)
---------------------------
1 hr/week

lab meetings + seminars:

47.5 (lab meetings)
+ 7 (seminar)
-------------------
54.5 hrs ~ 1.5 hrs/week

gyrobike:

34.6
----
~ 1 hr week

software dev:

113 (pydy)
+ 8 (dtk)
+ 62.4 (sympy)
--------------
183.4 hrs ~ 5 hrs/week

other:

77 hrs (pycon/masb/scipy tutorial)
-------------
2 hr/week

All this amounts to about 31.5 hours a week.

other:

~1509 total work hours - 1097.0 (all the other stuff) = 412.4 hrs ~ 11 hrs/week

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So I'm spending way too much time doing a ton of other random stuff that isn't contributing directly to my primary goals. So if I can redirect 18 hrs/week to the primary goals that would be ideal. Maybe 10 more is realistic if I'm disciplined.

1509 over 37 weeks is about 41 hr/wk (I didn't subtract vacation time or holidays here so this is an underestimate.) I had 23 officials days off and there are 185 weekdays during the period. So 1509 hours over 162 days of work is 9.3 hrs/day (~47 hrs/week).

So a new schedule idea:

Monday
8 - hmc research

Tuesday
6 - hmc research
1.5 - gyrobike

Wednesday
4 - hmc research
3 - my research
1 - lab meeting

Thursday
2 - hmc research
1.5 - seminar
4 - my research

Friday
8 - my research

Saturday
1-5 - other and/or catch up

Sunday
1-5 - other and/or catch up

Weekdays beyond 8 hours will be the other junk. This makes for a 41 to 49 hr work week, basically.

20 hrs: HMC research
15 hrs: my research
4 hrs: meetings
2-10 hrs: other

The hard part will not be doing all the random crap and saying no to everyone that walks into the door wanting something.

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