A Marathon, Not a Sprint

I’ve never trained for a marathon that I’ve ran in as a race, per se, but I’ve been advised to adopt this metaphor as a means to characterize the experience of a successful scholar in mathematics education.

I am engaged in a myriad of research, professional development, writing, and networking activities, all of which have a certain (and relatively high) degree of interest. I suppose it should be no surprise that amidst this scholarly activity, I find myself over committed. How is it that a high level of activity may not be the same as high productivity–in terms of writing output, specifically?

What is a person to do when the hours in the day are seemingly not long enough to “finish” all of the tasks one has set out to do? Recall that it is a marathon, not a sprint. Otherwise I will find myself burt out.

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