While I’ve been meaning to get this blog going for years, I found finding the time challenging. During Covid-19, I am working from home and homeschooling with my partner and I miss the regular interactions with my lab members and the department.
Our lab has gotten used to having meetings with me via Skype during my mat leaves. I also commuted quite far for my old job, and so worked from home about 6 days a month. These tended to be good days to catch up on research progress with everyone – but remotely. Although we have used remote meetings quite a bit, we are each struggling with the physical distance from a shared work space. We are feeling pressure to be more productive, or fit productivity around our family commitments, or to be productive during moments of existential angst. It’s hard.
I’ve set up weekly virtual lab meetings and we are working an a common project. We will keep checking in and find a new path through these difficult times.