The Excitable Scientist

Mostly cheerful, sometimes snarky commentary on life science research and its broader impacts

E-mails are a timesuck September 25, 2011

Filed under: volunteering — excitablescientist @ 9:06 pm

Gosh it’s been forever since I’ve updated this blog – and I haven’t been starved for ideas, either!


I don’t have time to write anything coherent right now, but I wanted to get one idea off my chest: managing people is hard and a lot of work.  Perhaps it is supposed to get easier with time, but I’ve been in a managerial role in a student group for years now and it’s not getting any easier.  I know I have a strong personality, and so it takes a lot of energy to ensure I present as supportive and understanding, when in reality I’m impatient and stubborn.  I spend way too much time on e-mails and I wonder sometimes if the sky would fall if I left out the fluff, at least some of the time.


If anyone has ideas on how to turn off the guilt-trip mechanisms and just be OK with saying directly what needs to get done (and giving a realistic appraisal of progress), preferably without offending or scaring people, do get in touch.


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