Working hard - letter.txt (0/1)

lizzard lizzard at
Sat Mar 22 06:07:26 EST 1997

lizzard at (lizzard) wrote:

Sorry about the garbage I just sent!  I'm learning about posting to
newsgroups.  What I meant to say was ................

This is the first time I've logged into this newsgroup and I was
pleasantly suprised to see this discussion about "working too hard".
I completed my graduate education at one University where "keeping up
appearances" was not an issue.  We were encouraged to write at home or
spend a day or two catching up on the literature.  Our lab was very
busy with many undergraduates and it was not a good environment to
write or read in.

Since about August, I've started a postdoc in a new place. I was
briefed about my supervisor's expectations.  Writing at home is
strongly discouraged.  This was good as far as I was concerned because
I was hoping to bring my work home less frequently. But I was finally
faced with the 50-60 hours/week deal as well.  I've found that working
this many hours is pretty easy....I love the work I'm doing here.
Problem is, and maybe others have this perception, sometimes I just
stop and look around and think my life is passing too quickly!  I live
in California now and have not seen many of the sights (the only one I
can manage is the beach with some articles to read).

While I can easily immerse myself in my work and lose track of time,
it certainly has a negative effect on other levels.  Work never leaves
my mind (in fact I've worked all night in my dreams).  I think my
husband suffers for it - I'm sure some of our conversations bore him
to tears. I have trouble keeping up with current events.  We don't
have children yet but would like to have a family.  I have the utmost
respect for women in science who manage both a career and a family.
Sometimes I'm just plain baffled by how some of my friends cope.

Well - I'm not sure if this is the forum for expressing these kinds of
feelings but it would be nice to know that others share the same. 

Liz Head

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