1. Travel booked – check
2. Vegetarian meal booked inflight – check
3. Hotel booked – check
4. Laundry done – check
5. Out of office autoreply on – check
6. Own research institute informed of my greatness for being accepted to present at prestigious international academic conference – check
7. Extra days booked after conference for mini-break – check
8. Paper completed and submitted – well, I know the deadline was the 1 May, but does anyone really stick to those deadlines? I’ll have it ready soon, I promise, I promise.