2019 postdoc resolutions’ update – May

May went so fast. This month I’ve worked the hardest so far, which made me stressed. I still managed to be productive, did my exercises regularly, but felt a bit anxious while falling asleep. I am so glad that I log my working hours (4 lessons I have learned from 4 years of logging every minute of my work), otherwise I would think I have not done anything…

The scale is 0 to 3 (0 – no progress, 1 – tiny progress, 2 – some progress, 3 – galactic progress).

Let’s get into it:

1. I will learn new research method this year

I have learned how to process marker trajectories and gap-fill effectively my motion data. Big step. I have also learned IF function and VLOOKUP function in Excel. Very helpful in producing data reports for my athletes.

Progress: 3/3.

2. I will master one new statistical concept this year

I have learned about monotony and strain in training monitoring. Pretty interesting staff.

Progress: 1/3.

3. I will invest in relationships

I have went to a science communication conference this month. I have learned a lot, and met so many interesting people.

I had a promising meeting about a new collaboration too.

The two abstracts I have submitted for a conference, have been accepted: Australia – here I come in October.

Progress: 3/3.

4. I will set up a healthy schedule/lifestyle

I had one week with going to bed too late, which resulted in acquiring an infection. On the other hand, training went well: I have trained at least three times per week every week. Eating was fine.

Overall:  2/3.

5. I will set up an outreach plan


Instagram went well. I have posted on average 1.7 posts a day. Also, I have partly done #theleveragedphd. It was nice to find other academics. There are so many amazing people doing research on the Instagram! I have made a series about sleep guidelines for my other account @girl_champion_project.


Regarding this blog, I have only posted twice. However, considering how much I have worked this month, I cannot see myself working more. So I will not beat up myself about not posting more. It is, what it is. I am just sorry if you, the reader, were disappointed. I will try my best to do better in June (although June looks equally busy).

For www.HealthyLivingScience.com we have created a page for projects and added the results of our latest projects. We will keep accessible through the link until it is published though. I am very proud of this project, as not only it was done as a side project, but is quite an innovative one, in more than one way. Makes me happy to do science, but also made me super aware of some problems science face, like for example, as soon as you step beyond standard boundaries, the resistance starts… Additionally, I have posted a blog post about What do we really know about acupressure?

Also, I have started a new website www.GirlChampionProject.com. I want to promote evidence-based (science-based) sport for girls and women. I am not sure yet, what exactly it will be. What I am sure about is, that it will not move forward for at least two months, as I have to finish data collection to my postdoc project. Ehhh…

Progress: 3/3.

6. I will come up with (my dream) a job

I have applied for a medical editor job in Japan. No luck.

Progress: 1/3.

7. I will make a plan for the future (20 years)

Recruitment company is quiet. Job offers are scarce. Still a few months left, I don’t lose my hopes. I have made a list for all my projects, and future projects, so I know what I want to do in the next years.

Progress: 1/3.

8. I will dare to start the project which I have always wanted to do, but did not have a chance to realise

No new projects started, but an outside project I have been working on for some time now, has finally moved ahead. We have got it registered in PROSPERO, and got feedback from reviewers on our protocol paper.

Progress: 2/3.   

9. Postdoc progress

The project is going great. Although I am a little bit behind the schedule. It has been so busy.

Progress: 3/3.

Summary for May

Learning (points 1 + 2 + 9) = 3 + 1 + 3 = 7  

Development (points 3 + 4 + 5) = 3 + 2 +3 = 8

Future (points 6 + 7 + 8) = 1 + 1 + 2 = 4

This totals at 19 (out of 27) for May 2019. This is the highest score so far. I have worked the most this month, but I also got sick. This is not the way to go then.

Hugs, Alex

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