There are all kinds of reasons why you need to be available to students outside the classroom. You have various means of enabling those students to ask questions outside of class time: Fixed hours when you are available in your office for this purpose An e-mail address where they can … [Read more...] about Being available, with limits
One way to get some control over how much time and energy you give to certain kinds of legitimate requests is to create a container for that kind of work. Just as it is easier to store flour if you pour it into something with firm sides and a lid (so it doesn't just flow all over the counter), … [Read more...] about Managing your workload by creating containers
When you say "no" to a request, do you offer an explanation? Do you have your full schedule posted on your office door? Is your electronic Calendar publicly visible with all the details of your meetings? Do you also find it hard to say no? Do you feel pressure to move meetings to accommodate … [Read more...] about Do you overexplain?