The Sassy Scientist – Everything everywhere all at once

The Sassy Scientist – Everything everywhere all at once

Ever wondered how to manage a flurry of projects without losing your sanity? Maggie was curious if the Sassy Scientist could provide some insight into this. So she is asking:

How do I manage to work on multiple projects at a time?

Dear Maggie,


You simply DON’T. Let me debunk this “juggling a gazillion projects is the key to success in academia” myth faster than you can imagine. Attempting to work on multiple projects is like trying to catch two flying squirrels with one hand – entertaining to imagine, but a guaranteed circus act disaster in reality. So, you don’t attempt to do such things.


Yours truly,

The Sassy Scientist


p.s. Be aware of the flying squirrels

p.s. Carry a repellent with you, and don’t hesitate to use it if a multitasking bug approaches you

p.s. If it wasn’t clear, it’s your PI.


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I am currently employed at a first tier research institute where I am continuously working with the greatest minds to further our understanding of the solid Earth system. Whether it is mantle or lithosphere structure and dynamics, solid Earth rheology parameters, earthquake processes, integrating observations with model predictions or inversions: you have read a paper of mine. Even if you are working on a topic I haven’t mentioned here, I still know everything about it. Do you have any problems in your research career? I have already experienced them. Do you struggle with your work-life balance? Been there, done that. Nowadays, I have only one hobby: helping you out by answering the most poignant questions in geodynamics, research and life. I am waiting for you right here. Get inspired.

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