This (www.mungowitzend.blogspot.com) post
led me to start this blog. I needed to have a blogger account to comment on that post. The advice in that post is good.
Here are my academic resolutions for the year:
- Make sure that I have at least 3 manuscripts at various stages of review all the time. Currently, I have one manuscript under review (second round), 3 revise and resubmits to finish, 2 manuscripts almost ready to submit, and two new projects under way. Once I figure out how to use the side columns of this site, I am going to use that to record output.
- Write my referee reports quickly. Each report now takes me about a day---good or crappy paper. Right now, I have 5 reports to write. Start refusing some refereeing assignments.
- Go to more small and focused conferences, and talk more at the conferences I do go to.
- Less whining about how unfair academics is. Just get on with it.
- Spend more time thinking about topics that I think are important, and that I have comparative advantage with. Stop 'chasing the herd.'
- Start refusing some PhD students; right now I have 6 students and not enough time to spend with each one.
- Start a project with one of the PhD students.
- Spend some more time commenting on other people's papers when they send them to me.
- Enjoy being an academic. It is a pretty fun job.
- Go to more seminars outside my direct field. I have lots to choose from . I need to learn some new tools and seminars are a cheap way to do so---or at least to figure out what tools are available.
- Start doing my weekly GTD reviews. Right now, I am using some of the GTD tools (lists, empty mailbox) but not all (weekly reviews and longer term strategizing).
- Become less worried about pleasing everyone else.
- Remember the thing I learned when first starting out: Output matters, not input.
Some of those things contradict each other.
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