"You only have to do a few things right in life, as long as you don't do too many things wrong"
After my recent fed-up-with-my-work breakdown I sat down last night and made a list of everything I have accomplished since the beginning of this year. Putting it this way makes me feel so much better. It does all add up, after all.
Unpacked boxes from a semester at university in the arctic
Graded end of semester exam
Written new exam for sick student
Graded extra exam
Dealt with official grade complaint
Fired one prospective grad student
Made arrangements with three prospective grad students who will working on two different projects
Learned the basics of department heading – incl. new software and administrative routines
Dealt with countless day-to-day administrative matters
Hired one person in the department
Planned the basic outline for field season #1
Made initial logistical arrangements for field season #2
Applied for access to field site #2
Arranged meetings to solve map problems for field site #1
Had meeting with foreign collaborator on project #1
Attended and gave talk at 1 conference
Revised 1 manuscript
Started significant revision of another manuscript
Written about one third of new manuscript
Typed up notes from field season 2006 and compiled fully fledged field report with illustrations, geographical coordinates and all
Labels: the day to day treadmill
I sometimes see other bloggers talk about how they don't blog much when things are going well and there are no problems to discuss on the blog. For me it seems to be the other way around. When things are going well and I am coasting along at work I have lots of ideas for blogging and the energy to write it down. Lately I been feeling so exhausted that I could barely string two sentences together in my free time, let alone think of anything to say. Quite ironically I'm not even exhausted from working too much, but rather from taking too much time off work to do other things. First my mom and sister were visiting for ten days, including two weekends. Absolutely wonderful to have them around for so long and I genuinely enjoyed it and wished they could have stayed longer, but weekends are my time to catch up on sleep, work, household chores and general me-time, so missing two in a row is noticeable. Last weekend I went to a family event in home country and once again everything here was left to its own devices. I got to spend time with my parents, siblings and baby nephews. It was wonderful to be home and I am glad I came and participated and I made my family happy, but I was so not ready for a new week when I came back on Monday.
Thanks to PropterDoc who did not only put up an award show for geeky postdocs bloggers, but also gave a recent post about productivity on this blog one of the three "good sense of achievement" award. Three cheers for PropterDoc!
Labels: post doc