38: Work/life balance - Part 2

Episode 38 · February 24th, 2017 · 1 hr 2 mins

About this Episode

Dan and James continue their discussion on work/life balance in academia. They also suggest ways to get your work done within a sane amount of hours as well as how to pick the right lab.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Feedback from our last episode
  • Why the podcast started in the first place
  • The "Red Queen" problem
  • Does the "70 hour lab" produce better work?
  • Some experiments aren't suited to a 9-5 schedule
  • More tips for anonomusly skiving off at work
  • What are cognitive limits off focused work?
  • Do early career researchers even earn the minimum wage when you factor in the hours worked?
  • How James gets things done: Work on one thing at a time until it's done and protect your time
  • How Dan gets things done: Pomodoros (40 mins work, 10 minute break), blocking social/news websites
  • How do pick a lab to work in?


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