Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pacing

I've talked in the past about my rather chaotic work patterns. So, during this two week stint of constant working, I decided to try to pace myself. This means that instead of working 8-10 hour days for the entire two weeks, I did 8-10 hour days only during the weekdays and let myself only work 5 hour days on the weekend. This resulted being calm, relaxed, and (relatively) sane on day 9 (today). As opposed to me being woefully unhappy and stressed to the max.

Plus, I've been abnormally productive. I'm waiting on a couple of backordered items for Very Important Project. This means that I was able to finish up my bit on Collaborative Project. (As an aside: I'm having an interesting dilemma on this project. Labmate suggested that I try to get an authorship on any resulting paper, because I've made the plasmid and will be helping my undergrad-- rather extensively-- on doing the biochemistry. However, I think that the interesting results will come from Collaborator(s) and, in that respect, all I will have done is make the plasmid. So, I'm not quite sure what to do about this.) Also, I've been able to make headway on Interesting High-Risk Project. I'm ready to do some preliminary experiments... at last!

Overall, I'm pretty pleased how these past nine days have gone and I'm glad that I can (finally) share some good news!

4 comments:

Psycgirl said...

Yay! I'm glad to hear you're pacing and its working well. My experiment in pacing is also working well - and I'm also finding I'm more productive.

I'm not too familiar with the sciences, but if you had to create the "materials" than I think it couldn't hurt to ask for authorship?

Wayfarer Scientista said...

Good for you...I wish I could say the same.

EcoGeoFemme said...

Terrific news that the pacing is working out.

ScienceGirl said...

Pacing is good - I am trying to learn how do so myself. Glad to hear it is working so well for you!!