3.4 Calendar of Activities for the Department
In an ideal world, your predecessors - in cahoots with the department’s support staff - have created a calendar of events (tasks, deadlines, processes, etc.) for your unit. You should get very familiar with it and plan your time according to the major events listed. And don’t forget to add to this calendar to make it even better for your successor.
In the case where no calendar exists for your unit, don’t panic! Make the most of your first year and create one which will be helpful in your successive years… and eventually to your successor (and she will be thankful). You can get a copy of the template from the Centre for Academic Leadership – adjust it to the reality of your department. Remember to include the preparation time for different activities as well as reminding your colleagues of different deadlines (grants, administrative processes, etc.) well ahead of time.