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Monday, October 09, 2006
Running through Jello
You know those nightmarish dreams where you're running through Jello or mud trying to get away from something and can't make any progress?
Today I thought I'd put down some estimates for how long tasks should take and compare it to how long the tasks actually took:
Creating two questions for graduate exam when I'd already read the student's bibliographies and supporting materials. . . Estimated: 45 minutes; Actual: 60 minutes. (This isn't bad; it's down from 45 minutes per question.)
Writing a 700-word newsletter article and sending it (with supporting pictures) . . . Estimated: 45 minutes; Actual: 2 hours, 24 minutes.
Updating a study guide . . .Estimated: 20 minutes; Actual: 45 minutes
Collecting & editing & sending some handouts to be printed. . . Estimated: 15 minutes; Actual: about 45 minutes.