Interesting post by Radhika Nagpal of Harvard a couple of days ago, on treating the pre-tenure days like a post doc and trying to find balance in the academic life. This is a challenge for me. I tend to be a workaholic and have trouble saying no to new projects or student requests. Its also a challenge with my teaching, as I always want to update or change my classes and add new components (see my last post about incorporating a murder mystery into my class), all of which take up more time. Nagpal’s ideas about setting quotas for certain things such as travel, committees, and hard projects are sound ones, and advice worth taking. Of course, she also advocates against taking advice, so I may be in a bit of a bind.