While multitasking is not a desired trait unique to academia, it's something that seems particularly important for graduate students and new faculty. I've had many students ask me how to multitask effectively, and I'm curious to know what the collective wisdom of this forum would be.
what are good practices to manage multiple distinct academic activities effectively ?
To make this more focused and relevant, I'll limit academic activities to
- Taking (or teaching) classes
- Working on multiple research projects
- Writing grant proposals (or applying for fellowships)
- service responsibilities
- a healthy lifestyle with outside hobbies