This handout explains how to demonstrate that you have met an essential objective of the course: you can work in brief, daily sessions. Your demonstration should be based on contemporaneous data from your lab notebook and from your analysis of the results you have produced.

Please review your lab notebook for the following intervals:

Please begin with this information:

Next, please identify some time periods to analyze in more depth:

Having identified the weeks, please gather these data:

When prewriting, drafting, or editing, you produce tangible artifacts; when waiting actively, you produce only thoughts. Either way, knowing what you produced is more informative than a simple statement or numerical summary of how productive you felt during the session. For this reason, information about goals and production is probably best conveyed narratively.

Please put the start times and durations in a single master chart, graph, table, or other visualization. The visualization should show your work patterns at a glance, and it should make it easy to compare what happened in different weeks at different times. Please refer to the visualization and answer these questions:

  1. Where is data missing?

  2. Can you identify a two-week or three-week interval that shows consistent practice with brief, daily sessions?

  3. Overall, what does the pattern of start times look like?

  4. Overall, what does the pattern of durations look like?

  5. How do your work patterns compare in your best week, your worst week, and your most representative week?

  6. What, if any, is the relationship between work patterns and production?

  7. What, if any, is the relationship between work patterns and satisfaction?

Some of this information will be in the letters to your future self that you have written earlier in the year.

  1. You decide whether “best” means “most productive” or “most comfortable” or something else. Explain how you chose your best week.

  2. The period recommended on the course calendar was the three weeks beginning November 3.