Ideas, like plants, take time to grow and mature. The things we produce can be quick and ephemeral, like a conference abstract, or complex and many-faceted, like a multi-authored book, and many things in between. So of course we need to make choices, to share out our attention, to remember to prune this and water that and plant some of these over there or there will be bare ground come autumn. I get the impression that there are differences between STEM and arts in making these decisions (fewer collaborators for a start!), differences between job type and academic systems (whether research is expected or not, how the quality of research is measured, what kinds of outputs are valued), and of course differences between people (some churn out a neat procession of articles of similar size and complexity and content, row after row of matched apples at the agricultural show each year. Others offer up a flower arrangement using mosses and branches and all manner of things, each piece unique. Some want to grow fruit but their system prefers vegetables, preferably root vegetables. Some are the kind of gardener who plans meticulously years in advance, others toss out mixed packets of seeds that arrived with magazines and lost their labels, and sometimes make splendiferous discoveries a few months later. How do you track your projects, and go about making decisions about where to focus your scholarly attention? with the full summer session around the corner, and decisions to make, I'd love to hear how others do it!
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