After a fairly productive summer and even a rare enthusiastic outlook toward the fall semester, I've fallen into the start of the school year slump again. Adding teaching into my activities seems to throw everything out of whack. It tips the scales toward having my "to do" list growing instead of shrinking, which in turn leads me to lose enthusiasm and productivity drops to the bare minimum of putting out the each day's fires. In previous years, my productivity starts to recover and increase exponentially as the fall proposal deadlines approach in October. We'll see how the rollercoaster plays out this year.