Life Is Very Difficult

May honest folk proper.

The importance of forming a productive habit

There is no doubt that it is important to form a productive habit. Since the enrollment into graduate school, I have often been told stories about successful students. Some professors are said to have been in the habit of writing and publishing at least one paper every year when they were graduate students. Some illustrious students are said to have the habit of reading one paper written in English every day and making a summary of it. One notable professor, it is said, writes an essay of as many as 1,600 words every morning. Having heard such stories time and time again, I am convinced of the importance of forming a productive habit. But you have to get out of bad old habits before you get into a good one. What I want to know now is how to break them. There seems to be no anecdote about it.

生産的な習慣をつけることが重要であることは疑いない。大学院に入ってから、輝かしい業績をあげている研究者の話をよく聞いた。学生時代に毎年最低ひとつの論文を書いている教授がいた、とか。業績がすごい学生で、英語の論文を毎日読み、そのまとめをしている人がいる、とか。ある著名な教授は毎日英単語にすると1600語くらいの原稿を毎朝書いているだとか。このような話を何度も聞いたので、私はもう生産的な習慣をつけることの重要さは充分認識している。しかし良い習慣を身につけるには、その前に古くて悪い習慣から抜け出さないといけない。それに関する逸話は全くないようだ。