As a new postdoc, I’m finding some of the work and life lessons to be a little tough. The main problem I have is finding the balance between taking time off for fun things and working enough so that my head is above the water. When I was a PhD, I felt like my head was above water most times (perhaps buoyed by my supervisors who can be referred to as life boats). However, as a postdoc, I feel like I have so much work to do that no matter how much I tread water, my head is under.
This is a pretty hard feeling to get used to. I’m a list person. I write a list for the week and then experience supreme satisfaction checking everything off. However, now when I write out my to-do lists, I start to go a bit mad and have to resist the urge to light a fire, burn that list up, and run off into the distance laughing maniacally. So far I’m winning against that urge although no promises for next week.
So what I thought I’d do is to write down some tips that I’ve found useful in helping me become more efficient with my time. And also, I’m doing this a bit selfishly because I would love to hear your tips!
Tash’s top 5 tips to avoid madness and get a little work done:
Hope these help a bit and I’m really interested in hearing other’s tips/experiences!
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