In my short professional career I’ve worked at exactly one place. I started as an intern way back in 2009, and I haven’t budged from my lab bench since. I love my boss, I’ve created incredible friendships with some of my coworkers, and I’ve become a published scientist. In short, I love my job. This is why it’s so bittersweet for me to leave. A few weeks ago a friend offered me a job at a new company that could not be a more perfect fit. I am SO excited to start there this February, but it breaks my heart to leave this lab behind.
Beyond all of this, was the realization that I have exactly three and a half weeks to wrap up three and a half years of work. I have people to train, notebooks to index, boxes to catalog, people to meet with, and a to-do list that seems infinitely long. Who knew quitting was so stressful?? When I feel overwhelmed, the only thing that saves my sanity is a mantra I’ve adopted from my mentor at the lab:
Sometimes the best way to finish a to-do list is to forget about it for a few minutes and get a coffee. Do absolutely nothing while you wait for the drink to cool, completely relax, and come back to work a few minutes later more focused.