My co-authorÂ Bruce Chapman has substantial administrative responsibilities, which are invariably urgent, and therefore tend toÂ crowd out research. Our paperÂ requires some relatively minor edits before going out to a journal, and the necessary changes are up his alley. So he emails me the following request:
Impose on me a strict deadline in the very short run to do the revision, and somehow manage to publicly humiliate me if I don’t make it.
Bruce, I expect the changes by Friday. Compliance will be monitored via the blog.
Update 1: Joshua GansÂ doesn’t think my proposed punishment isÂ sufficient, so helpfully weighs in withÂ a few veiled threats of his own.
Update 2: Bruce made the deadline with hours to spare.