Updated Jan, 19th 2013
As a middle school English teacher and a creative writer, I go through a number of processes each day that seem resistant to optimization, automation, and/or outsourcing, so I'm taking some of them as challenges to try and figure out how to streamline.
Process One: Grading
Step one: Collect assignment papers into neat stacks, organized by class
Step two: Grade individual paper according to assignment requirements or key
Step three: Calculate final grade, write it at the top of the page
Step four: Add any necessary comments, from "great job!" to "see me," etc.
Step five: Shift into "done" stack
Repeat step five until all papers are done
Step six: When all papers are graded, manually input grades into computer system
Step seven: Checking attendance roster, change grade to "zero" for any students present on the due date who did not turn in assignment
(Note: outsourcing any of these tasks is illegal under FERPA)
Substeps to step six:
Process Two: Classroom morning set up
Step one: Sign-in to front office
Step two: Go to staff lounge, put away/deal with lunch
Step three: Make any necessary copies
Step four: Go upstairs to room, unlock
Step five: Unpack computer & plug it in on desk
Step six: Set out any daily hand-outs in pick-up location
Step seven: Write on board (Update date, bell-work, homework, and daily objective)
Step eight: Set up projector, powerpoint, and remote clicker, if relevant.
Step nine: Any last-minute tidying (clearing out turn-in box, moving papers off desk, setting out post-its, etc.)
Step ten: Welcome class in
Step eleven: Fill out attendance sheet, clip outside door
Process Three: Online presence management
Step one: Review feeds on tumblr, pinterest, twitter, Google reader, etc.
Step two: repost/retweet/repin/etc. content that stands out as relevant or interesting
Step three: Get overwhelmed by amount of content, skim or quit
Step four: Reply or comment where relevant (need to do this more often - usually more social than professional or networking)
Step five: Post any new content I have in mind (usually from an open bookmark tab - need to get this system more under control)