The other presentation
With just a few days to work on the project, I was asked to present the data we’ve recently finished collecting at work. The presentation will happen Monday, as in three days away Monday. So between now and then, I need to process the data, make some figures (so many figures), and generally draw some sort of conclusions based on the work.
With the dissertation proposal right around the corner (hopefully… still waiting on one person to respond to my poll) I don’t have a whole lot of time for other things right now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have other responsibilities! There is a project we’ve been rushing to finish at work that I’m responsible for. As of yesterday we collected the last dataset, so now I just need to compile everything (data processing) then figure out what we got.
Easier said than done! But the good news is out of the ten datasets we have for this project, only one is left to be processed. I don’t like to let data just sit there, so I’ve been working with it as we collected it. That will be helpful because Monday during our regularly scheduled lab meeting I’ve been asked to present the data, start to finish, and explain what we found. Basically I need to create a full paper’s worth of figures, find the interesting bits, and discuss them with the lab on Monday.
No pressure or anything.
Now for the good news, I have already looked over the data as we collected it so I have a good idea about what we have, I just need to formalize it. I’ve already started on my Figure 1 and I’ve been working on it for a bit now (more), but there are some things that need to be changed. Figures 2-XX will take the bulk of the time, but for the most part those shouldn’t be TOO bad. Basically it sounds like a lot of work and it is, but it’s also do-able.
Thankfully there is a small lull right now because I’ve finalized my proposal and my slides, so I can work pretty freely on this little project. I’m looking forward to finishing this one and getting the paper started, mostly because there are other projects I’m really looking forward to starting. There are a few projects I’m excited to be starting to be honest, so it’s just a matter of getting some of this other stuff cleared. It’s not that this project isn’t exciting, it’s just that I have other things I’m much more interested in doing.
The next few days will be a bit of a rush, but that’s the usual around here so not too big of a deal I guess? It could be worse, I could still be working on my proposal while needing to do this. Everything feels like a bit of a rush these days because there are so many things I want to do, so not a bad place to be in frankly. I absolutely love the work I get to do, which is probably pretty obvious based on how much I talk about it. I’m really looking forward to projects that are more my idea, of which there are two major one projects. Big idea and my “super secret technique” both of which I want to be first to accomplish, so I’m in a race with others who may end up having the same idea.
Okay, well that’s somewhat off topic for the day, but you get the idea I think. When you have so many things you want to do, it feels like there isn’t enough time to get it all done. In this case, there’s a lot of work and a hard deadline, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.
Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.