My current position has seen me do some pretty major skillset-expansion in a short period of time. That was a steep curve to climb, but I think I've at least sorta got the hang of it. Since the purpose of acquiring some new administrative skillz was to get the hands-on science up and running, I turned around and spent some time with my nose to the grindstone bench. I was getting a ton of shit done, it was amazing! And then I slipped into grad student mode. Focused heavily on the bench science, let some of the other things in the air just hang. The bench science is exciting, so it became easy to tell myself the dealing with paperwork can wait until this next batch of results comes in- or until I get this next thing up and going in the lab. Or whatever else sounds more fun than filling out more paperwork.
Now I have some incredible data-collection efforts ongoing (and frankly I couldn't get any more up and running without expanding facilities) but am in a bit of a crunch to keep the path clear for them to continue going.
Hi there... nice to meet you, double-edged sword.
Back to learning to stand on both sides of facilitating the science and doing the science. And I'm supposed to be learning how to balance work and life in here somewhere too... right? Sigh...