Becoming a B+ Academic
Why lowering your standards is essential for balance
Publish Not Perish is currently on a winter hiatus, which will run from December 11th to January 9th! I will be taking a break from publishing new posts this month to rest, reflect, and prepare for the new year! Never fear, dear readers; I will continue to send content to your inboxes each week, but it will take the form of rewinding old posts or sharing content from other writers during my hiatus.
Many of us were A+ students in undergrad, so anything less than our best effort makes us feel like failures. We believe we must give our all to teaching, research, service, and any other aspect of our lives that we value. The reality is that we cannot give 100% to everything all of the time in order to manage the workload of graduate school or a faculty career. Instead, we have to allow ourselves to be B+ academics on certain projects and tasks to maintain sanity and equilibrium.
I actually only ever try to get my research articles to about 85%.