Academic housekeeping tips?
June 18, 2012 5:38 PM Subscribe
I've just finished my Ph.D. coursework. I need a brief mental rest from serious work! But I'd like to continue being at least marginally productive. Can you help me think of "academic housekeeping" tasks to do that will pay off in the long run?
posted by ootandaboot to Education (23 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to take a couple days to tidy up the organization of my academic life before I start staring my dissertation proposal in the face. As an example of the kind of task I'm looking for, I'm currently working on turning all the .bib files littered around my computer into a master bibliography file in BibDesk. I've also updated my website. What other kinds of small-to-medium-sized tasks can I do along these lines?
The main goal here is to set myself up to work efficiently over the next couple of years while I write a dissertation (or at least over the next few months while I write a proposal). Another way I'm looking at it is that it might be good to get these tempting sources of procrastination out of the way now.
On that note, these don't need to be strictly academic things, since non-academic organizational tasks are also seductive procrastination devices. I'm not looking for things like "clean out and reorganize my closet" though -- more like "Back up and organize my email".