Now that you are working in the lab, whether you are a Principal Investigator (PI), research scientist, a postdoc, graduate student, or lab manager, it seems that there is never enough time. As a PI, you have to write that grant, revise that paper, attend that meeting, prepare that talk, teach that class, manage your lab’s projects, read that thesis, and scan new publications in your field, and mentor postdocs and graduate students. As a research scientist, postdoc or graduate student, to save time, you have to design, perform and analyze multiple experiments at the same time. In addition, you will be busy learning how to present at a seminar and develop your public speaking skills critical for peer recognition of the impact of your research. And you will need to take a deep dive to learn how to write concisely and clearly – a skill absolutely critical for raising grant money, publishing great papers or pursuing a career in science in general. As a lab manager, you are pulled in so many directions, whether it is building up specific experimental capabilities, managing the daily operations, or helping the PI set the environment and pace of the lab.
As a result, you find yourself always busy. However, being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you are effective. Stand back and truly assess your effectiveness. If you often experience the sinking feeling of finishing a work day but not sure if you have accomplished something, it’s very likely you are not being effective. Here is where ScienceGrit’s lab planning and reviewing system can greatly help you through the following activities:
Set up a big goal and break it down to actionable small goals
Determine 3 priorities monthly, weekly and daily
Plan their projects, individual experiments and other activities monthly and daily
Review their work and track progress on monthly and weekly bases
Make planning and reviewing be part of your life’s routine. You will soon achieve amazing results!
Our standard lab planner can be personalized with your OWN lab’s nameon the cover. Better yet, we encourage you to customize the content of the lab planner. So it will be best suited for your lab’s special needs. Tell us how you would want it to be customized.