1. Listen to everyone who tells you putting together your dossier will eat up all your time. It does...and more. With a shout out to Wesley B. who mentored me through that process.
2. I think I now know my limits. I cannot head an MA thesis, an honors thesis, be on three other thesis committees, and oversee a comprehensive, do independent studies, and do my third year review all in one semester. I did it, but I will NOT do it again. Or as my colleague, Kelly A. Dorgan says, "Learn to say NO."
3. Being the editor of a special journal issue is more demanding than I thought. I'll know how to do it better next time. God bless the people who do it regularly.
4. That dealing with academics - their, fears, hopes, dreams, and nightmares - is sometimes akin to being the lone psychiatrist in a mental ward. Always worth it though, and I'm getting better with the relational aspects, even though I'm very task oriented.
5. Last year was a shit show with submissions. I pulled two articles because I never heard back at all (after 6 months of waiting) and missed an RR. Another has been under review since June. Yet, I still managed to get two pubs out, which I was reminded, is better than a lot of people. I'll count my blessings.
6. Being the adviser to student groups is a real pain. If students won't read for class, getting them to voluntarily come to a meting of a voluntary group is...ridiculous. This year I am taking a hands-off apporach. I'm your advisor, not your organization's organizer.
7. Do not make the deadline for your book during the summer. You won't truly have a summer.