November 07, 2013

PhD progress

Hello fellow bloggers,

It's been a while, so I thought I would add an update on what is going on in my little world at the moment.

I have recently been busy attending courses, helping new PhD students find their way around the lab as well as superivsing a work experience student. All this has meant I haven't had much time to stop and reflect! Now that I have managed to run out of reagents, I have some time to catch up on everything else whilst I wait for them to arrive.

Lab work is going well, but frustratingly slowly. I know what I need to do, it's just getting it done that seems to be the problem! Something doesn't go quite right and so I need to repeat it, someone needs a little help so I run out of time, I need a bit of advice so I have to find the right person argh! I guess I am just so focused on the main tasks I need to get done that I want them all to be done faster!

I have also found that trying to push to get things done in the lab means other things outside the lab become neglected. Really, having to wait for reagents as enabled me to try and catch up on what was becoming a ridicously long 'to-do' list! Now that I am slowly catching up on things I wanted to get done, I'm starting to feel more relaxed and organised.

To also try and panic less about time passing by and what I need to do, I have just been focusing on what tasks I need to do and by when and trying to break them down into smaller pieces so that I don't feel overwhelmed. I think often you can feel like there are so many things you need to do and when you actually list what you need to do, you have the time to do it, you've just managed to work these tasks up to be massive things in your head!

Now for a hot chocolate and a deep breath before continuing to work!

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