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Bioinformatics programmer/analyst in an academic lab


Nov
3
comment How to improve my observation?
Just be careful here - it's entirely possible that the thoughts your mind is so occupied with are more important/interesting/worthwhile than noticing most of the things around you.
Oct
31
comment What are some good metrics of physical health that indicate optimal mental productivity?
In general, trying to use a few simplistic metrics to evaluate your health is not a very good idea.
Oct
31
comment Are artificial incentives a good idea to boost productivity?
interesting reading, and interesting idea to apply to personal rewards/motivation!
Oct
31
answered Are artificial incentives a good idea to boost productivity?
Oct
31
answered How to motivate people to self-improve themselves?
Oct
31
answered What could I do to convince myself to finish my projects?
Oct
31
comment What could I do to convince myself to finish my projects?
Just a note - I don't think "trying to write a book, trying to learn piano, trying to make a furniture" are simple things! All your projects sound fairly difficult. Not that this isn't a good thing, but don't sell yourself short!
Oct
30
comment How can I eliminate fear of phone calling?
I have the exact same issue... It's just like you said - it's not that I'm afraid of something specific going wrong, it's just the phone call itself. I don't have any great advice - my issue just got better with practice, though it's still there. Good luck dealing with yours!
Oct
30
comment Working and studying--being productive
Are you graduating from college, getting a PhD, or what? What field? What kind of classes are you mostly doing? Large projects, small problem-solving tasks, memorization-heavy things? Homework, writing, tests? Which methods are best depends on the kind of task involved.
Oct
30
answered Does speed reading work well with reading non-native language?
Oct
22
answered How to retain proficiency in foreign languages?
Oct
16
comment In which cases is procrastination a positive thing?
Interesting answer! You're definitely right about the "Motivated != Qualified" part, but I don't think a LACK of correlation can be taken to mean that "the person who is most likely to procrastinate is actually likely also the most qualified". There are many factors leading to procrastination, and they vary with personality - so people who feel absolutely incompetent at something are also very likely to procrastinate, and some people like to knock out easy tasks first and wouldn't procrastinate on the thing they were most qualified for.
Oct
16
comment Must I work in a company that does not give leaves?
"For me, If I can't finish a task, project etc. in specific timeline, If needs, I work 7/24. Doesn't matter Saturday or Sunday. Believe me, that will be good for you." - are you saying that regularly working weekends is a GOOD idea? It may be good for one's career, but I definitely don't think it's healthy. The OP clearly isn't happy with his lack of leave, and sounds halfway to burnout already, so I don't think encouraging him to work more is a good idea. I like the rest of the answer though.
Oct
16
answered Must I work in a company that does not give leaves?
Sep
12
answered In which cases is procrastination a positive thing?
Sep
12
answered How to work through technical books for long hours to completion
Sep
12
comment How to work through technical books for long hours to completion
@Soner Gönül: Good links! I'd make them part of your answer for visibility if I were you.
Sep
12
comment How to work through technical books for long hours to completion
@CoolEulerProject: If you take a 5-minute break after every 25 minutes, and a 20-minute break after 4 hours, you're still working 4 hours out of every 5! I don't see how that isn't "working most of your available time". If taking some short breaks will make your reading more efficient, there really isn't any good reason not to do it.
Sep
9
comment Do audio books help our productivity?
@mielu You can skip/rewind, but it's much less convenient. If you want to mull over a particular sentence for a while, which is fairly common with technical books, you have to either pause, in which case you can't hear the sentence any more, or keep rewinding a little to replay the sentence, which is inconvenient. It's even worse if you want to go back and forth between two different sections.
Sep
8
comment I have burned out, what is best way to fix it?
Why do you think looking for another job isn't the right approach? If most of your issue is due to a high-pressure workplace culture, it seems like a job change might help. Hopefully to one that gives you more vacation - 10 days just really isn't enough!