In business, time is money. But in academia, the currency is not published units but citations of your publications. For someone to not only read your paper but understand and cite it, you need to produce high-quality, readable papers. And that requires deep work.
Recently I subscribed to James Clear‘s blog and his writing and advice has resonated with me. The last time I felt like someone was speaking directly through me was Cal Newport’s Study Hacks blog, which I discovered during undergrad, and I felt it directly addressed the issues I was having with keeping up with my intense courseload. James Clear posted his 2014 Annual Review in December, and it reminded me of how we do annual self-evaluations for work. I read through my evaluation for 2013 and enjoyed reflecting back on that time, how much I did then, what didn’t go well, and what I’ve learned since. So I’m going to follow his template with the following three questions: 1. What went well this year? 2. What didn’t go so well this year? 3. What am I working toward?