Saturday mornings. Time off work or time to do work?


Being a PhD is a somewhat strange mix between having a full-time employment and effectively still being a student. As the working person you go to work every day, you have an office, some type of set hours and things that are expected of you. At the same time you are free to manage your own time, you attend courses, you do homework and you do the classic student last minute scrabble of working weekends, evening, unorthodoxly early mornings and any other unholy hour of the long nights that are Swedish winter. During this autumn I’ve found that this schism between student and worker, or even the identity conflict, leads to considerations I have never had to think about before, such as what is too much work when you really like your job? As a student you are a novice and in that sense there can never be too much work, because you can never learn too much… But as a worker, weekends are supposed to be you time off right? Is making a presentation on Saturday mornings or reading articles on Sunday evening really work when you are a student?

I don’t have any good answers but currently I feel like there are not enough hours in the day (especially not considering there has been three sun hours in Stockholm during November) to do all the things that I want to do at work so I will do some of them at home – like this, making a powerpoint presentation on a Saturday morning with a huge cup of coffee and some Old Crow Medicine Show in the speakers.

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