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 one but almost two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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