Avoiding the “Busy Trap” in Graduate School

One of the first things I noticed when I started my PhD — and something that you’ve surely noticed by now if you’re also a graduate student — is that people in academia tend to be really busy. It didn’t exactly come as a surprise; constant busyness seemed a logical and necessary response to the high demands of academic life. But as I stumbled through my first year in graduate school, I came to understand in a frustrating, firsthand way that not all kinds of “busy” are created equal.

Read the full article in the APS Observer

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