I have several projects that I have been working on for some time. I managed to get one paper in press, and I hope it is published in the orange journal soon. I have another that I’ve been working with a toxicologist on–my part is done, and if the other bit doesn’t get done shortly, I’m just going to publish what I have. There comes a time when one has to get things moving.
I was working on a cross-disciplinary teaching project with two collaborators from another school. I have piles of the raw data sitting around–in several places that are just waiting to be analyzed. I realized, though, that I have not spoken to my collaborators in this calendar year, I think one of them is at another institution, and no one returns my emails anymore. I think this project is DOA. My time would be much better spent on getting other projects published, perhaps ones with collaborators who actually talk with me on a daily basis.
This realization was profoundly liberating. My office will also look a whole lot neater, now.