The beginning of a new year is a great chance to make a fresh start in the lab
Here are a few of my resolutions for the upcoming year:
1. I will faithfully update my lab notebook every day.
No more marathon sessions once a month with a handful of post-it notes and a few unlabeled blots, trying to reconstruct what I did all month.
2. I will start writing all manuscripts and/or articles more than one week before the deadline.
Because last-minute writing is bad for my blood pressure.
3. I will read new papers when they come out, instead of putting them in a pile to “get to later”.
4. I will make friends with the post-doc down the hall…because who knows when I may need to borrow a reagent?
5. I will wash my lab coat at least once. And I encourage you all to follow my example.
6. I will not “borrow” food from the conference room (more than once a week).
7. I will not steal the best chair in the lab while everyone else is gone, no matter how much I’m tempted.
8. I will take out the biohazard trash, even if I could still squeeze one more plate into the bag.
9. I will not hoard the yellow post-it notes, because the neon pink ones work just as well.
10. I will read the paper for journal club ahead of time, not as I walk to the conference room.
What lab resolutions have you made for the New Year?