In his famous essay You and Your Research (which I recommend to anyone ambitious, no matter what they're working on), Richard Hamming suggests that you ask yourself three questions:Great article - and great excuse to use when the IRS wants to know why you didn't get around to filing your taxes (here, just read this!). Certainly makes me feel better about procrastinating....just kidding.
- What are the most important problems in your field?
- Are you working on one of them?
- Why not?