Plan month 16.251.

[LIFE]
    build 10h routine: learn 1h, exercise 1h, work 6h, read 1h, and write 1h;
    write a post per day;
    find C a job;
    home deco: finish order furniture, by 1.31.2017;
    call mom once a week;
    plan the trip next month;
    car service, 4h;
    clean up the closet, 4h;
    clean up the house, 4h;
    clean up the mails, 2h;

[HEALTH]
    pickup contact lens;
    research Lasik surgery;
    get rid of coffee, ham, alcohol, and overeating;

[FINANCE]
    upgrade money market saving account;
    cancel macy’s credit card. \$4 fee per month;
    buy oliver black division II field jacket (M) by rag \& bones;
    change the phone plan, 2h;
    cancel Cox. \$97 per month;

[SOCIAL]
    try a new thing, broaden experiences, once a week;
    meet people from MEETUP, REDIT, LINKEDIN;
    go basketball;
    go to econ seminar once a month;

[WORK]
    learn: Corbe, 2h per day, 100hrs;
    MRF: follow up the submission;
    SMI: work out the model, email Liang, 4w;
    MHS: plan for numerical study, position the paper, 2day;
    TQ2: revision, weekly meeting, .5h*3;
    POMS: review, 6h;
    Encro: 1w for editing;
    submit the abstract meeting for POMS in Seattle 1h;
    go through all the printed papers in the garage .5h

[SCHOOL]
    remove the requirement for M239, revise the requirement as capstone type, 4h;
    review hiring, 2h;
    EC meeting, 2 days;
    hiring meeting, 1.20;
    merit:  ask B. to remind silent. The trouble of Rv.;
    ask WSZ PHD in markeitng for lunch/coffee;

WORK PLAN

I HAVE TWO FOCUSES. THE FIRST IS TO SHARPEN MY ANALYTICAL ABILITY, ESPECIALLY IN MATH, ECONOMICS REASONING, AND WRITING. FOR THIS SUMMER, I NEED TO FINISH THE BOOK INFINITE DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS (240HRS, 60 DAYS), THEN MOVE TO THE FOLLOWINGS:
PROBABILITY THEORY: A COMPREHENSIVE COURSE, BY KLENKE
ECONOMIC DYNAMICS IN DISCRETE TIME, BY JIANJUN MIAO

THE SECOND IS TO WORK ON THE DYNAMIC MODELS. I HAVE ONE REVISION. IT WILL TAKE TWO WEEKS. THEN I SHOULD MOVE ON TO THE NEW PROJECT ON SALESFORCE. FOR THIS ONE, I WILL USE THE CONTINUOUS METHOD. AFTER FINISHING THESE TWO PROJECTS, I SHOULD BE QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH DESCRIBING DYNAMIC INTEGRATIONS.

NOW I ALSO HAVE THREE TRIVIAL PAPERS TO CLOSE UP. THE FIRST IS THE TRANSPORTATION ONE. I WILL DO A QUICK REVISION AND SEND OUT. IF IT DOES NOT MAKE IT, SO BE IT. I WILL NOT WASTE MORE TIME. THE SECOND IS AO: AGAIN, THIS IS A CUTE BUT TRIVIAL PROJECT. I SPENT ONE MONTH ON IT. BUT I DON’T SEE IT AS SIGNIFICANT. SO CLOSE IT IN A WEEK AND MOVE ON. THE THIRD ONE IS WITH MH AND JS. THIS IS A MEDIOCRE ONE. THE ONLY REASON I AM DOING IT IS BECAUSE MH NEEDS THE PAPER. AND I FEEL OBLIGATED TO RETURN HIS KINDNESS IN SUPPORT MY CASE. NOW JS HAS PROVED THE RESULTS; MH SHOULD WRITE IT UP. EMAIL HIM THE SOFTWARE AND SCHEDULE THE MEETING.

AGAIN, FOCUS ON YOUR TRUE ASPIRATION. THE REST IS SECONDARY.

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WRITING 162: WORK PLAN FOR MARCH, MONTH 5, 262

MONTH 5, 262:

MORTALITY IS ENLIGHTENING. IT IS NOT DPRESSING, BUT THRILLING.

“IT INFUSES COURAGE INTO YOUR BONES.”

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HERE ARE A LIST OF THINGS YOU MUST ACT, IN YOUR OWN INTEREST.

FOR SCHOOL,

1) FOLLOW UP THE WORKLOAD POLICY ON MONDAY; IF NO, FILE THE CHARGE.

2) LIMIT YOUR AVAILABILITY FOR TWO DAYS PER WEEK. FOR THIS QUARTER, MONDAY AND FRIDAY. YOU ARE OFF FOR THE REST.

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FOR WORK,

YOU MUST LIVE UP TO YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL. TO DO SO, YOU MUST SET UP SHARP EDGED BOUNDARY. RESET OTHERS’ EXPECTATIONS. YOU NEED TIME FOR YOURSELF.

GET ALL THE TRIVIAL STUFF DONE. INVEST A WEEK FOR EACH. NO MORE. IF YOU CANNOT FINISH IT, CUT IT AND MOVE ON. AS THEY ARE SUNK COSTS, YOU CANNOT AFFORD WASTE MORE TIME ON THEM IN THE FUTURE.

1) TQ2: GET IT DONE IN A WEEK. SINCE YOU PROMISED KK, THIS ONE MUST COME OUT. DO WHAT YOU CAN. WRITE, WRITE, AND WRITE. DELIVER NEXT THURSDAY. NO MORE. 1 WEEK.

2) TYM2: PUSH BACK MG. BUT YOU OWES JS. SO SPEND A WEEK TO WRITE IT UP. 1 WEEK.

3) AO: LIMIT THE MEETING TIME TO 30MIN; WRAP UP AT 25MIN; ASK WHAT IS THE NEXT ACTION; ASK AO TO FOLLOW MY IDEA; GET IT MOVE; DON’T WASTE TIME ON THE TRIVIAL STUFF. ALSO, ASK HIM ABOUT IAD2—IN OR OUT. AGAIN, DON’T WASTE MY TIME. I HAD ENOUGH.

4) PLD: PUSH PL. EITHER SUBMIT OR ABANDON IT. DON’T WASTE MY TIME.

5) MHS: ASK M.E. TO WORK WITH J.S. IF M.E. WANTS IT, THEN DO THE WORK. I WILL NOT WASTE MORE TIME.

6) BAR: ASK B.M. TO LEAD THE REVISION. YOU HAD DONE YOUR SHARE.

NOW EVERYTHING IS CLEAR. HERE IS MY WORK SCHEDULE FOR MARCH:
1) TQ2, 1 WEEK;
2) TYM2, 1 WEEK;
3) MRF: REVISION, FOR THE REST OF MARCH;
MAYBE: BAR, BUT ASK B.M. FIRST.

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[WALL OF NINE DRAGONS, BEIJING,  CHINA, SUMMER, 2013]

WRITING 160: PLAN THE CATALIA TRIP

Hi, C. and J.,

1. Time: For the trip, since C. returns on Friday, Sunday seems better.

We can meet around 8:15am at the Long Beach ferry port, and take the ferry ($74) at 8:30am. The ride is about an hour. Then we can have breakfast/brunch on the island. We can return at either 3:45pm or 6pm.

http://www.catalinaexpress.com/images/pdf/schedules/Catalina_Express_Schedule_Winter2015.pdf

2. Things to do:  Zipline ($109, 2hrs) and snorkeling (2hrs) are very popular. If snorkeling is too much trouble, we can try zipline. If that is also too much, we can always find other stuff to do.

http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/specials-packages/activities/zip-ship

http://www.yelp.com/biz/catalina-zip-line-eco-tour-avalon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-L7nCN11s0

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g102873-Catalina_Island_California-Vacations.html

Please let me know your thoughts.

Best,

ACTION415

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WRITING 137: WORK PLAN FOR FEBRUARY

For a long time I’ve been quite cynical even hostile to my area. I believe most of the papers in my area are garbage. They at best make epsilon improvement. Only 5-10 percent are truly original.

Yet people still devote tremendous amount time in this meaningless game. For juniors I understand: this game is the path to power and security. But I have little respect to the tenured ones who still keep producing garbage, the garbage even themselves do not believe in

But unless the academic tenure system collapses, not much will change. The logic is quite simple: if you don’t want to play this game, just quite; there are hundred part-time, adjuncts dying for a permanent, tenure-track spot.

Complaints aside, the tenured are still required to produce to justify their unreasonable pay (yes, i believe most of US academics are overpaid), which never make sense if only justified by teaching alone.

Another justification for playing this useless game is to help students and juniors, a more sensible course. Currently I am involved in four projects with four juniors. Among them, AO is most mature and motivated one. He initiates and takes the responsibility. I only need to discuss and do the final write up. The workload is about a week.

KK needs more guidance. For TQ2, he will email me the computation part. Then I need to finalize it. There are 3 papers to read for the literature review part.

The most troubling one is PL. He wants the result but does not want to work. Instead, he recruit another guy from his previous school. I haven’t heard from him since mid-December. But I am in no hurry: after all, it is him, not me, who needs the paper out so badly. He is working on the extension now. Once that is done, he needs to rework the numerical part two. The writing will be a pain. Expect 1-2 weeks’ work.

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Month 4: 263

work:
    finish TYM (1 week), INV (1 week), and MRF (2 weeks);
    push MHS, TQ2, AO;
    maybe start DSR;
learn:
    finish Luenberger, optimization by vector space methods;
    finish keys to great writing;
    finish the willpower instinct;
    read economics rules;
social:
    plan the party on 1.31;
    online blogging;
    attend econ seminars;
    go to univ library;
    try basketball pickup, or another community activity;   
deco:
    buy furniture, plants, and paintings;

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[Beijing, China, 10/27/2014]