Have you ever felt that you are working more (much more) that you are suppose to?
I hope my boss won’t read this post (it is not her fault anyway), but the reality is that I have been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work over the last 18 months and I still don’t know on how to deal with this.
Good scientists are on average hard workers (might I say workaholics?). They are very good on meeting deadlines; they are very keen to help each other (most of times for free) and they seem mostly happy during conferences etc… But I would like to learn from these guys how they manage their time.
Since I finish my PhD (nearly three years ago), my biggest fear was to go back to my home country and not be able to keep doing studies on the same level that I did with my supervisors. So, I decided to keep involved in many studies overseas AND started working as the head of a research department in Brazil. My job usually involves supervision of masters’ students and research activities in general (which I love to do), some teaching (which I like to do) and loads of administrative work (which I don’t really enjoy doing). As any other researcher around the world I also review grants, papers, theses and other stuff…
Don’t get me wrong here; I am really happy with my job. But at the same time, I found myself more stressed, unfit, and not doing things that I have always enjoyed doing due to my work schedule. I felt that I need to re-organise my life better in order to put my things back on track (including my personal life). I have listed 4 things that I have started doing that is helping me that you might found useful.
I have started doing these actions (at least partially) over the last two months and already found good results so far. I felt that my things are now much better organised, but it is still too early to know if this will work for a long period of time. I would appreciate if you could come with new ideas/suggestions for me. I am sure that I am not the only ICECReamer that is finding a way to balance work and personal life a bit better.
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