... I actually spent an hour on the essay revision today.
(And that's a full hour of work according to the little egg timer on my computer - not an hour of "I'm going to sit in front of my computer and open the file and mess with the font and change the footnote format and check my mail quick and oh let me respond to this message and then check my calendar and oh yeah, does the title of this paper look better like that or like this? and maybe I should add a word here, no, take it out, ooh who's on Letterman tonight?...")
And you know what? it was painless and even fun.
It worked partly because I had minimal prep today (we were covering stuff I've discussed a zillion times), so could take the time. And partly because I chose not to wallow in time-sucking surfing of the internet.
Which, of course, I did NOT choose to do this evening, which is why I'm still up right now, reading a tale about how a monk tricks his enemies. And I have another reading assignment about a neurotic nun to complete, too (doesn't it seem like a good idea, when your book orders are due, to assign all new readings? and doesn't that suck when the time comes actually to, you know, READ them?) (although I should admit that the new readings are also making some old classes fun for me, because I was SO SICK of what I had been doing!).
And I also have six or seven papers to grade.
But tomorrow is Friday, YAY! Although I have a late-afternoon meeting, BOO! Anyway, my plan is to read some more tonight, finish in the morning, grade the papers before class, and then spend the time between class and my meeting doing more work on the essay revision. (It can be easy work like looking up footnotes, 'cause hey, that has to get done too!)
Although if I end up spending that time hanging out with my immensely cool junior colleagues whose company I really enjoy, well, hey, that has to be done sometimes. There's always Saturday for uninterrupted research time.