New thoughts. New goal. New year. 2013


I arrived home (Stanford) last night after spending Christmas and New Years at Genyas house (parents et al.) in NJ.

I woke today morning so excited to come to lab. There is no doubt I’m a workaholic – I’ve realized that much about myself. After a week of eating, watching movies and relaxing, I was roaring to get back to work.

To walk into lab. To see a full house. Everyone back at their desks. Working. Writing. Ah, this feels home.
I grabbed a cup of coffee from the pantry and started making my to-do list.

I have been thinking about my goals for this year. As I stepped on to the plane yesterday on my way back home, I passed people already occupying their seats. Some were playing Sudoku on their iPad, some were reading books.
And that’s when it occurred to me.
I could spend this year trying to read as many books as I wanted or running marathons.

But ,I bet I could find at least a dozen other people on this flight who would whup my ass on all those activities. There would always be somebody better at running. In fact, the old lady next to me is reading Dante’s Inferno, and I bet she’s far more well read than me.

I feel it’s time to settle down and focus on one thing.

I asked myself, what is the one thing that I have that nobody on this flight has.
And I realized.
My work. No one on this flight is fortunate enough to be in a highly specialized rheology group at stanford.
There’s only a handful number of people all over the world looking at the research problem I am investigating.

So I thought to myself. Why bother trying to run all around the world. When I can sit in my lab and cover far more ground than anyone else.

So I’ve decided. My goal for 2013 is this.

To have less goals. To spend more time in the lab. To train myself as a better scientist. I don’t have to worry about conferences and papers. My goal is just to put in the hours. Everyday. Every week.

Learning more. Experimenting more. Immersing myself more in my research.
It occurs to me that this is my time to lay the foundation for my scientific career. I can run and travel all my life.

And if I waste my time now, I’ll probably regret it later in my life.



2 Responses to “New thoughts. New goal. New year. 2013”

  1. Pratap Hitendra January 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    “My goal is just to put in the hours.”
    Wow! The best line in the post. It also feels very sensible to focus on the most important thing first. When I opened blog to read the post, I was expecting list of to dos for this year, but you wrote something insightful.

    • Saad Bhamla January 4, 2013 at 12:14 am #

      Thanks. What are your goals for 2013, Pratap?