Are you supposed to feed a cold and starve a fever or is it the other way round? My head aches and my throat is sore and there is all this work that needs me to do it. A funding application to rewrite, people to email, payments to arrange, a website to get started, guest lectures to prepare, a paper to write, a review to write, student papers to read and respond to. And here I was thinking that oh, once the conference is over, there’ll be time. Of course there isn’t. There never is. I need to make more time for research, that much is clear – just finishing a big administrative task doesn’t automatically make time for research appear. There are always more things that want me to do them. I’m strict and tell them not now! Wait your turn! Find somebody else to nag! But then I give in to the guilt anyway.
Now I’m going to rug up and walk for a half hour on slippery frosty roads to the university where I’ll listen to students presenting their projects and hopefully, I’ll have wonderful constructive things to say in response that will send them off enthused and motivated to write more and improve and explore and think.
Maybe fresh, crisp air is good for colds?