by PhilipJ on 2 January 2010
The past year hasn’t been a bad one, scientifically: I’ve published my first paper on a key piece of infrastructure for my experiments (I’ll write a bit more about this paper in a few days), and made some contributions to other experiments going on in the laboratory which should bear some fruit later in the year. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things I want to improve upon. Key science resolutions for 2010 are:
- Get back into blogging.
- Get the bulk of my experiments finished, which should result in at least a couple of first author papers for calendar year 2010.
I have gotten away from doing much writing, and that can and should be remedied. Writing about your research helps keep your accomplishments and goals clear in your own mind, and keeps the focus on the important aspects of lab work. It is easy to get distracted, but blogging about your work is a great way of staying on track (who’d have thought, blogging to try and stop wasting time!).
By following through with my first resolution, I should be able to make a good push towards finishing my PhD in a reasonable amount of time. Keeping lab goals in better focus should result in a more efficient and productive 2010, particularly since my lab infrastructure projects are just about finished. This is my third year in Toronto, and after a couple of years of building equipment and learning some new biochemistry skills, everything seems to be coming together at once.