Science AAAS: Why clocking my work hours shifted my work-life balance

“During my Ph.D., I always believed I could make my dissertation better with extra effort. My research never felt finished, and I had no idea how many hours I was supposed to work. That made it easy to go down rabbit holes and work more hours than necessary.”

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Science AAAS: For scientists’ working hours, what does ‘done’ mean?

“An “as long as you get your work done” policy seemed like a great way to acknowledge that grad students are largely responsible workers who enjoy science and sometimes need flexibility to accommodate the demands of coursework and teaching, along with the fact that research doesn’t inherently fit into a 9-to-5 schedule.

I never stopped to think about the most important word in that phrase: “done.”

As long as I get my work done? Super!

But come to think of it … I’ve never met a scientist who has, even for a day, considered their work “done.” At a stopping point? Yes. Good enough for publication? Sure. But “done”? Ha! There are always more experiments to conduct, discoveries to make, questions to pursue.”

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