I finally have some free time… what do I do now?

December 14, 2011, 3:49 pm

Cat surrounded by Christmas wrapping paper

I can do whatever I want? Wow, it's just like Christmas!

Ah, the day I’ve been waiting for has arrived at long last. The huge annual undertakings related to our funding agency are now completed, two of my latest manuscripts are in press, and three papers that I’m a co-author on are finally (finally!) in review. Finally, I can start to focus on some new research projects…

…and I have absolutely no idea where to start.

Does this happen to you too? It’s not that I don’t have any projects planned or any data waiting to be analyzed. I’ve got a pile of data from last summer’s field season just sitting there, and two collaborative projects with people who haven’t been answering my emails lately, and vague ideas for a new grant proposal. It’s just… I don’t have any revisions to do, no feedback to respond to, nothing. I don’t know what to do with myself!

Guess I’d better go make some lists. It’s always better once I dive in and just get started.

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