Wasteful waiting

from xkcd

Sometimes doing research involves quite a lot of waiting. I’ve made a little graph to illustrate:

There is absolutely no point to the Torosaurus, except that it's adorable.
There is absolutely no point to the Torosaurus, except that it’s adorable.

The trick is to find productive (no, not office chair sword fights) things to do. Seeping could be useful, especially for overnight protocol steps. Or reading papers. Or doing other experiments. Or having inspiring coffee meetings. Or doing a little morning stretch.

Waiting time is not necessarily a waste of time. The French sculptor Auguste Rodin once said:

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”

Yes, I did just find that through searching google for a “waste of time quote”, but nevertheless, take advantage of down time. Rest, think, talk, dream, experiment, blog (meta). Do anything, except waste it.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s