The semester has barely started and I already feel like I am treading water. I have short essays to grade from each of my three classes, committee meetings, and meetings with students. Beyond this and my recurring Major Procrastination Disorder, I’m also teaching my third entirely new course since starting my job. In total, I’ve taught seven different courses since starting just over two years ago. With so much emphasis on course prep (I’ve never had a semester when I didn’t have to prep a new course or substantially revise an old one), once assignments and exams start rolling in there isn’t much time for anything else. Then, when there is a moment when I finish my teaching-related work I feel like I’m “done.” This feeling is similar to the lack of motivation I felt as a student after completing a major paper. In these moments I often think of the research projects I want to work on. I think about them as I’m drifting off to sleep for a rare mid-afternoon nap.