On making progress

90% of the progress on my manuscripts and grants takes place during 20% of the time I am ostensibly working on them.

7 responses so far

  • Alex says:

    I 100% agree with that, but only in 20% of the time that I posted this comment.

  • meshugena313 says:

    hell, I'm working on multiple manuscripts at the moment and I'm commenting on your blog. But perhaps this is quality daydreaming time necessary to improve the manuscript. To paraphrase CPP on the previous thread, I can make great manuscript progress while distracted by taking a shitte.

    Maybe the problem is not the 90%/20% progress ratio, it's the fact that I'm working on multiple manuscripts at the same time...?

  • Ben says:

    For me, it might be 90% and 10%.

  • Grumble says:

    I thought CPP's point was that he spends far MORE time on grants than it would seem because he multi-tasks in the bathroom, at baseball games, and probably during procreative and/or onanistic pursuits as well.

    So in his case, 90% of the progress might be made while he is ostensibly *not* working on grants.

    The point being, I guess, that you can't put a time value on creativity. So much for quantifying "percent effort spent writing grants". I still think, however, that I spend way too much effort on them.

  • I thought CPP's point was that he spends far MORE time on grants than it would seem because he multi-tasks in the bathroom, at baseball games, and probably during procreative and/or onanistic pursuits as well.

    My point was who the fucke even knows how much "effort"--in terms of calendar months/percent of professional effort--they put into anyfucken thinge that is part of the jobbe of being an NIH-funded investigator? It is simply incalculable.

  • And BTW, the federal government understands this. The relevant rules for accounting for professional effort and charging it to federal grant awards explicitly acknowledges the general inability to unambiguously and quantitatively separate out different types of effort, and only requires that effort be charged reasonably and consistently.

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