‘Scout’s Pace’: Or what I learned in Girl Guides that we should use in the workplace

A great post by Katherine Firth on Research Degree Voodoo (quickly becoming my go-to blog when I feel fed up with Master’s). While I’m not quite at PhD yet, anyone working on a Master’s thesis would agree that this is sound advice for any long writing project. It’s really easy to get stuck in one mode when you have this monumental task in front of you, and to feel like you’ve really been walking when you’ve been running and vice versa. Taking these tips into account makes you realise that a thesis is doable and that you’re already at least moving. All you have to do is adjust your pace accordingly.

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I was a Girl Guide once. Not for very long, but there were a few things I learned there that have stayed with me as useful for life. Last time, I talked about badges and volunteering. Here’s the second post in the mini-series where I talk about Scout’s Pace.

Scout’s Pace

Scout’s pace is a way of covering large distances on foot. You don’t run all the way, because it’s too far and you’d die. You don’t walk all the way, because that’s too slow and you wouldn’t get there on time.

Instead, you run for, say, 100 steps, then walk for 100 steps,then you run for 100 steps, and keep going. You don’t sprint, you just sort of jog along. This has a whole load of benefits.

Peter van der Sluijs 2012, From http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black_and_white_woman_running.JPG

1.  You can keep this up for a long time. Because you have a…

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