A couple of weeks ago, there was a nice discussion over at Leiter on what makes some philosophers more productive than others. If you haven't read it, go read it, then come back. Ok. You're back. Awesome.
The thing of it is, is that I want to be productive. I know a bunch of people who aren't interested in producing new philosophical work-they're happy just to teach. I like teaching, but I see producing scholarship as a key component of my role as philosophy professor. It's something I really want to do, and something I like doing.
It's lucky I do, too, since I'll never get a job, even a "teaching" job, unless I can prove that I have the capacity to be a strong researcher. And as people have pointed out in comments, if you want to have something to show off by the time fall rolls around, you need to send stuff out right fucking now.
This is my key problem. I have several things I'm working on. Some of them are in OK shape. Some of them are really getting there. But none of them are really terrific-all of them could use at least some work. I'd like to take some more time to work on them, deepen them, make them better. But I feel like I'm not really being judged on my ability to produce deep, interesting, important work. I feel like I'm being judged on my ability to get a bunch of things into print.
(Of course I realize that there is a relationship between the quality of my work and my ability to get things into print; I also realize that I'm being judged on the quality of my writing sample, not whether it has been published. My point stands. That just means I should focus on producing an awesome WS and getting a bunch of mediocre shit into the journals.)