You had one job…

You know what I miss? Time to simply just sit down and focus deeply. I cannot remember the last time when I had an empty day in my schedule and I could just sit down and work on one aspect of the job for a couple of hours uninterrupted. For instance, for two months I have been hoping to analyse data from an exciting experiment that I finished in December. I haven’t even looked. Heck, part of the data has not even been entered. Since I have started this postdoc, it has been going from meeting to meeting to teaching to administration to hurrying back and forth between ongoing experiments.

I have become a ‘multitasker’ and I hate it.

Honestly, I can’t really multitask. I think no one really can. But what this job has forced me to do is jam-pack way to many tasks in every single day and finish them in what I feel is less time than most tasks actually require. I feel like everything I do is rushed, and therefore sloppy.

Am I the only one who needs time to settle into every new task?

Don’t other people need their breaks?

How do others do this?     

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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