No, not those things! I’m thinking about how long it takes me to do shit I need to do to do my job. Before I started my faculty position I had quite a twisted understanding of how long it took to do the variety of things a PI does, and was surprised at how long it actually took to do things like write grants, prepare animal protocols, prepare lectures, talks, etc. So I decided to share with my readers some of these times, and am curious how long it takes other folks to accomplish the same tasks and whether I’m just simply a slowpoke. So here goes:
1. Time spent writing a grant from scratch: 6-8 Weeks.
2. Time spent revising a grant: 3-4 weeks.
3. Time spent writing a standard-length research article: 4 weeks.
4. Time spent reformatting for another journal: 1 week.
5. Time spent revising article and writing rebuttal for the same journal: 2 weeks.
6. Time spent preparing a new 90 min lecture for class: 10-15 hours.
7. Time spent reviewing and updating a new lecture: 1.5 hours.
8. Time spent preparing a new 50 min research talk: 3-5 hours.
9. Time spent making a poster: 2 days.
10. Time spent preparing a new animal protocol: 1-2 days.
11. Time spent renewing an animal protocol: 2 hours.
12. Time spent reading one research article, carefully: 1 hour.
13. Time spent reviewing a research article for a journal: 1-2 hours.
14. Time spent reviewing one grant proposal: 4 -5 hours.
15. Time spent writing a blog post: 15 min – 2 hours.
16. Time spent making breakfast, sending kids to school and getting my ass to work: 2.5 hours.
Many of these things would actually take longer when I was just starting up. Fortunately I don’t have to do much grading, since I have TA’s to take care of that, but I know for some this is another big time sink. How about you, how long does it take you to do these tasks?