February 3, 2008

Pacing: when adrenaline is not enough

Bad head cold time today, involving sinuses and other stuff you don't need to know about. I'm heading to western Washington state on Tuesday for most of a week, so I have to get some things done before then. Yesterday was shot, so today requires getting stuff done (priority: editor stuff).

I'm sitting here in ChainCafe, having reread referee reports and getting ready to reread the submitted manuscript. It's a revise-and-resubmit decision, so I need to go through this carefully to identify priorities for the author(s) to spend time on. (Rejections are much faster to write in practice, though in theory the need to provide feedback in a sensitive way could require more time.)

The problem is that I have just run out of energy to immerse myself in a manuscript (which is how I operate in friendly-criticism mode). Normally, I can somehow access adrenaline or some other internal chemistry to focus, but I'm wiped out. Time to rest and write an inconsequential blog entry.

Maybe I should have chosen something caffeinated instead of African Red Bush, but for me caffeine affects attention, not energy.

So this is going to be a long day of paced work. The most important and urgent tasks will happen, but nothing else.

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