In a recent post in the Huffington Post, Lisa Wade writes about how professors actually spend their time during the day. In the chart below it is very surprising to see that together attending meetings and writing and reading emails account for approximately thirty percent of a professor’s work week, while primary research makes only three percent. That is a factor of 10:1!
No wonder so many colleagues I know seem to always lament that they don’t have time to do the research they want to get done. They are too busy with administration duties. If one of academia’s primary mantras is “Publish or perish,” this study explain why so many are struggling.
You can find the full article here.