...working in the lab.
Other commitments (grants, manuscript writing, administrative duties, teaching) have not allowed me to spend as much time in the lab as I would have liked. But the good news is that next week I finally get a full week doing lab work. And it's about time - I'm not sure if I've lost my pipetting skills....
One of the things that I never appreciated is how other work-related projects can eat into lab time, and how it negatively effects productivity. Speaking from experience, I need to get much better at this. Although I've taken on a lot of extra work (to learn the ins and out of running a lab), I'm afraid I may have shot myself in the foot and my cv is suffering.
Historically, I've always had periods of intense research activity followed by periods of intense analysis/writing, but I think I need to balance this better. After all, I know it's not going to get any better once I get my own lab, and I truly feel that a more even approach is needed to sustain long-term research projects.
Wish me luck!