Monday, September 19, 2011

Oh, D.E.A.R.

What often happens one week before a conference deadline...

Proof-reading a preliminary manuscript.
Correcting typos.
Adding in some details.
Finding small, or, perhaps, not so small errors.
Spending more and more time on it.
Delving deeper and deeper into a proof.
Suddenly having some ideas for a new result.
Shifting into "DEAR" mode, as they say around here in elementary school: Drop Everything And Research...

.. And that is why being organized and on-time is an elusive, never quite reachable goal in research jobs.

1 comment:

  1. You forgot in your list the arguing with co-authors, either because they want to add some new result that "they think is true", or because they resist your addition of some new result that "you know is true" (situation which look symmetric to everyone but you).

    Good luck in any case!


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