2007 continues to be an improvement on 2006. The first day back at work was quiet. That doesn't mean that my in-tray was empty, of course. But—and this is the good bit—the lack of staff and students meant the to-do list didn't get any longer. Indeed, by the end of the day it was much shorter. If this keeps up, I'll clear my desk of outstanding jobs by Friday. And not by filing them in the round cabinet (a technique that was becoming increasingly tempting towards the end of last year).
I'm sure it won't last but I'll enjoy it for now.
We also spent time discussing research projects for 2007. We've got some beaut ideas for studies, at least one of which we're going to launch into right away. I haven't been so animated and enthusiastic for ages and I want to keep the fervour alive.
I'll give you regular updates.