of course, everyone has problems both inside work and outside.
Inside work, I feel I never have enough time to do all the things I need to or want to do. My experiments often don’t work or don’t work out the way I want them to. We don’t always have as much money as we want for experiments even though my lab is well funded. And I spend far too much of my time on administrative work.
I think my main problem is that I constantly feel like I am running out of time! Every day it feels like I have so much work to do, and I rush around most of the day trying to get things done. Maybe it’s my time management skills, or me putting too much pressure on myself to get results as well as juggling everything else.
Sure. All scientists have the usual problems, worries and challenges that most people face. We’re no different in that we all have bills to pay, and so on.
Getting the balance right between home-life and work-life is difficult. Because we usually enjoy our jobs, it is easy to forget and just keep working. There is certainly a lot of travel. I spend months away from home and often I find that home can feel a bit odd or strange after I’ve been away. Perhaps I travel more than the others. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the travel and certainly I get to have lots of adventures, but it can also be tiring at times.
In work, the usual problem is time. There is never enough. There is sooooo much to do, that it can be overwhelming. You are also often on your own. I don’t mean that I’m working alone (although sometimes I am). What I mean is that it is up to *me* to figure something out and if I can’t, well then I’m just stuck. There can sometimes be a lot of pressure. Especially when others are relying on you to get something done.