Sunday, March 30, 2008

Foolishly causing myself stress

So every spring, I do this to myself. If you've read my previous post, you can see that I have an overwhelming amount of work to complete in the next week. Every fall when the call for abstracts go out, I ambitiously write mine with big plans of what I will have accomplished six months later. This year was no exception. Small conference in driving-distance city? Yes- I'll do a talk- no need to do a poster! My RAs and I will have lots of results by then. Giant conference that I hate to miss? Sure- I'll submit to an organized session that could fit my in-progress research! Now that these conferences are looming, I am frantically trying to finish analysis and prepare my talks- on top of the other things that are coming up- like two Master's defenses next week. And a poster session for the undergraduate advisee I agreed to take on (without really knowing what would be involved). 

So, here I sit in my usual stressed out state for this time of year- working all weekend to get things done in time. And I just got tenure! I should be feeling relieved (which I am about that). All I know is that next year I will take a break from conferences- maybe I won't go to any! I just wish I had decided to skip one or do a poster for one of them. I was just a little too foolishly ambitious about things last fall and I'm paying for it now! sigh

5 comments:

Twice said...

wow! A break does sound in order! Fortunately it sounds like in a few weeks things will calm down.

Twice said...

Oh! And good luck!

JustMe said...

yah, there sure was a lot of stuff on that list! if it makes you feel better, i haven't even thought about my presentation...

Addy N. said...

Thanks, Twice! And JustMe- I have a lot left to do for that one, but my first conference presentation is NEXT Monday! We have to make a plan for the meet-up, btw!

ScienceGirl said...

That was quite a list - good luck, and I hope you'll get a break soon!