Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Interesting perspective last night over dinner with a new friend. I was talking about my summer schedule which includes teaching and classes but it isn't as heavy as my fall and spring semesters. This worries me and I feel that I should be full speed all the time in order to finish this PhD program in the expected three years.

He gave an interesting perspective. "You've worked full-time for almost a decade before this. Sounds like it has been a tough year. It's okay to take time to recharge. That's why people go on sabbatical. Welcome the opportunity."

So, rather than already feeling guilty that my schedule isn't as jam-packed as it could be, I'm going to get organized early and accomplish as much as I can on research projects (time to start submitting for publication) while I have the freedom. That's IF I can make it through the next four weeks and finals. I have three major papers due that have been on the back burner while I completed and submitted two papers to my industry's top conference, AEJMC.

We made the Sunday April 1st deadline for those! I might take a moment to celebrate that milestone over the weekend but then it is back to work. :) 

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