While on vacation last week, I
- thought about existing and proposed research
- did some writing/editing of my own manuscripts and proposals
- did some editing/reviewing of other people's manuscripts
- did some professional service obligations that had to be done by a certain date
- stayed in contact with students/postdocs when they wrote to me with questions or requests
- visited with a former PhD student and discussed future research we might do together
Perhaps this will help her in her future career: she has decided to be a psychologist when she grows up, and she says that she will specialize either in horses or graduate students.
In any case, a comment on yesterday's work/vacation-related post made me wonder:
If I were to get bad news about a proposal or manuscript, would I prefer to get this news while on vacation or while at work?
The most accurate answer is of course 'neither', but if I had to choose, I might choose vacation. I don't think bad news (a.k.a. rejection) would destroy my vacation and it might actually be good to have some distance from work and an opportunity for pleasant distraction when dealing with severe disappointment about a work-related issue.
An ideal vacation for me is one that involves roaming around an interesting place, seeing and learning new things and having fun and, from time to time, thinking about my research and my students and other professional activities and getting a bit of work done here and there as time and mood allow.