Multitasking

Entry 059 for Thursday June 11, 2020

The core questions:

Credit goes to Ben and readers of his blog for these “Four Questions” and the five stretch questions.

  1. What did you do today? Preparation for my webinar; recorded and released a #LinuxTips video about Raspberry Pi; exam for Joseph (#TC1033) simultaneous #educoffee, and a meeting with Jenna; student meetings (#TC1030) with Óscar, and later with Jorge; student meetings (#Semana18) with Montserrat, Erick; and my webinar for the Engineering and Science school of the Tecnológico de Monterrey about teams working at a distance, “Equipos de Trabajo a distancia. Herramientas de colaboración“; worked with two students (not currently in my classes) in the evening over Google Meet and sharing code  live to help them debug their code; recorded two videos early scheduled to release on Friday (#TechEduTips on Speaker Deck) and the following Tuesday (#LinuxTips on Spotify).
  2. What did you enjoy? The webinar went very well. I am still waiting for numbers on the event (edit, now in. There were 235 in Zoom and 20 via FB live) as we had at least a hundred in Zoom and then others watching via Facebook Live. I believe that it went over well, it was a different organization than the one the week before for Observatory. There were some good questions and I think they appreciated the mix of human focus with a little bit of tools mixed in. My friend, colleagues and “comadre” Ana Raquel did an excellent job as host.
  3. What did you find difficult? Multitasking. That exam for Joseph overlapped with other sessions so I brought up a Google Meet session for him with a second camera view (same audio) and used Zoom for my other sessions. I needed to be sure to mute one or the other while listening to the audio from both in my headphones. The technology held up fine but it was difficult to focus obviously. We do what we can. Also,I really believe the workload of that course that my students in the evening were working on is too much “busy time”. Some of the busy time coding is good and needed but we need to be very intentional with what we assign. There is that third letter of FLIP again.
  4. What has changed? I truly am getting to an exhaustion state. I am still thinking about whether to book vacations in the summer or defer to January. These have been long days.

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Picture of a typewriter with the word "MULTITASKING" visible on the sheet.
“multitasking” flickr photo by trendingtopics https://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/47563156112 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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