Well, the week is almost 'over' and I have to decide if I want to try to work this weekend.
This is something I used to really agonize about all the time, but lately it has been pretty obvious most weeks. It was either Do or Die, or Just Don't.
Things being what they are, I worked all of last weekend and nothing this week has been particularly productive, although I've actually been in a better mood than I would have expected (not saying much, I know).
I was expecting not to be able to do anything this weekend, whether I wanted to or not, for lack of things being ready/ordered/arrived at the right time (e.g. by this afternoon).
But I thought of a couple of things I could/should do, and now I'm kind of torn.
Note that I fully expect to have to work next weekend, too.
1. Might get something done 2 days sooner than would have otherwise.
2. Might enjoy the A/C (can't afford it at home)
3. Might feel relief at both 1 and 2.
4. Will get me out of the house and off the couch, i.e. more likely to go to the gym and possibly run some other errands I would otherwise put off.
5. Might be less busy next week (or more likely, just have more time for other crises).
6. Because of timing issues, this weekend might be better for some of the experiments than middle of next week.
7. Have no other plans for the weekend anyway.
1. Might not get desired results despite weekend effort.
2. Might feel more burned out.*
3. Will miss out on precious lounging-around and personal chore time, leading to underwear deficit next week and mrphd being pissed at getting stuck with more than his usual share of housework.
Hmm. Looks like the pros have it. Well, thanks for joining us in our latest round of Postdoc Guilt Gone Wild. Join us next time for "When is the best time to quit science?" at our regularly scheduled ranting.
*Not that it's emotionally possible to feel more burned out than I already am, but physically, things could be worse.