GETTING AHEAD IN THE PROFESSION: LESSON #1
Question: when faced with both a large stack of papers you have promised to return on Monday (but have not touched in the two weeks since they were handed in) and a Monday deadline for an article, do you choose to:
a) finish the article (screw the papers);
b) screw the article (the other contributors to the special issue will be late too) so you can stay up half the night and/or get up at the crack of dawn to finish grading the papers and not have to make transparent excuses to your students;
c) stay up late and finish the article and, if you get to bed at a reasonable hour, get up and start grading the papers so there is some hope you will finish them before spring break;
d) write a blog post;
e) none of the above.
What's your answer to this common dilemma? I'll post the decision I made -- and the reasoning behind it -- tomorrow.