The joy of flexible working hours

One of the nice things about my job as a post doc is my working hours: I can work whenever I want and whereever I want (with the small detail that I should come to the office once a day). This flexibility is nice since it allows me to leave early/come in late when I need to and adjust my working schedule to what fits me best. With the small caveat that we sometimes have morning meeetings with mandatory attendance!

However, the flexibility can also be a curse. I can work everywhere, making it very tempting to work when I have a free moment. In recent years I have discovered that my ability to relax is disappearing; instead I am constantly thinking of what work I have to do: writing that new publication we are planning to do, extend my tool with that feature (which would be nice for another publication). I always feel there is something I could be doing instead of sitting on the couch with a book or watching a movie.

This PhD-comics actually captures the situation perfectly.

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Being in Flow

Flow is a state where you are fully immersed in your activity; and you feel energised by your work. You lose track of time and space when you are in flow.

In order to gain a state of flow some conditions must be met; firstly the challenges you face must be matched by your level of skills and there must be a well-defined goal for the task. Being in a state of flow is fantastic, you feel like you accomplish something. Today, I was in flow when working on the taekwondo clubs homepage. How can I be sure about this? Well, I was so immersed in working that I forgot about dinner and I started working at ten in the morning.

Flow is a fantastic feeling, but what happend to my sunday?

First Post

Yay, first post. And about time people could say. I have had this domain for quite some time without really using it. Since 2013 to be exact. The period without using the domain lasted until a year ago, where I decided it was about time I used my domain – by creating a static HTML page containing only my list of publications.

Well, I have finally installed a WordPress blog. It will mainly be used as my online resume but I will (probably) also use it to write some of my thoughts on various things: computer science, living abroad, taekwondo, inline skating and perhaps something completely different.