Wednesdays – the new Mondays?

For quite a long time I absolutely hated Mondays. For some reason I managed to lose all confidence and trust in my own skills over the weekend – every weekend. Imposter syndrome is a real bitch. Since introducing a Monday morning team meeting – where we talk through the tasks of the week, and come up with solutions to potential problems – I have begun to like Mondays more. This team meeting is a positive start of the week. I really like my team, and the work that they’re doing.

Although my feelings about Mondays have finally changed for the better, a gradual shift seems to take place. Wednesdays are my new Mondays. Wednesdays are where we have chair group postdoc and complete chair group meetings. Although I enjoy the larger group meetings, where people exchange their work, and discuss ideas, I am starting to dislike the postdoc meetings. Let me be clear: Not the people. The meetings. Especially lately, these meetings have become a place to dump all kinds of tasks, varying in importance from hyperurgent, to absolutely not urgent at all, and divide them. And, as of late, a place to discuss the latest covid regulations. I’ve noticed that I have a stronger opinion on some things than many others. To me the meetings feel increasingly tense, and beyond that, they always feel rushed. There is never place to really discuss things. (This particular feeling I have with many things in my current position, there’s no time to think, to discuss, to prepare, to have a coffee together, we’re all always in a rush.) Long story short. These Wednesday morning meetings really have become something I am not looking forward to. Maybe I take shit too serious.

Luckily, during my Wednesday lunch break, I usually have a session with my therapist. It’s great to be able to unload every week, especially on the worst day. This time point also marks the mid-week point, so everything is looking brighter from there.

I guess I could use some life advice on growing more resilient to Wednesdays. Let me know what gets you through the hump day…

Published by Robin Heinen

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

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