If you have kids, you’ve experienced “the time shift.”
Where you used to have hobbies, you now have a drive to soccer practice. Where you used to have dinner out, you now have dinner, dishes, bath-time, stories, and bedtime, IN.
And where you used to stay late in the lab to finish an experiment, you now rush out at 5 to avoid the late fee at daycare.
Kids take time, and it’s time well spent, but what happens when your PI doesn’t understand your tight schedule? Will you look like a slacker for working 8 to 5 on weekdays, and can you really make progress in a research lab with limited hours?
This week on the show, we tackle a listener question that hits all-too-close to home:
I have kids and have to drop them off at daycare at 8AM and pick them up around 5PM. My day is very well organized and I’m making progress on a paper, but other post docs and grad students spend a lot more time in the lab than I do. I’m worried that the PI thinks I don’t work hard enough.
The answer is: you can make it work, but it’s going to take discipline. And in the end, you might actually be a better scientist because of the special constraints.
That’s one small step for a man…
This week, we also cover some exciting research-related news from President Obama’s recent State of the Union speech. He’s called for a modern moonshot, encouraging the nation to “cure cancer” over the next decade. And he’s tasked VP Joe Biden, who recently lost his son to brain cancer, with leading the mission.