I want to decide whether to stick with my current postdoc for the entire year, or to go to a postdoc abroad --- see previous post for details.
Lists are reductionist, but let's see what I can do.
The 3 major things I need to do this year, professionally.
1. Revise dissertation and defend. Under control at this point.
2. Finish and submit 3-5 papers, including ones from dissertation. (b) Start new projects to solidify research agenda.
3. Job search.
The real question is which position will leave me in the best position to accomplish these three things, and the subgoals necessary to accomplish them (e.g., improving my work habits.) Since the first is under control, the major questions are about 2 and 3. If I had to choose only one of the two to do, the research pipeline is clearly most important: if I have research flowing, finding a job will be easier and maybe even more efficient (apply to fewer jobs that I'm better qualified for).
The postdoc abroad is far better than my current postdoc at helping me with my research agenda. I can renew the postdoc abroad to be a total of 2 years if I need to. And I can suck up the extra travel costs associated with the job search. As long as I keep my spirits up and my goals in perspective, I can make it work. My current postdoc is not an area that I have substantial future research interests in, I feel like they're using me, and I have not risen even to the level of liking the work in the time that I've been working there. The postdoc abroad has a research agenda that we planned, and gives me time on my own to do my own work.
Wow, that was an easier decision than I expected. At least, the binary decision looking only at professional goals. There could still exist a research job which dominates the postdoc abroad by being in this country (easier for job search) and gives me time on my own to work, but I'm not likely to find one.
Personally, of course I want to date people where there's a future, and living abroad makes that harder, perhaps. That's really an unknown.