I only have a few weeks left as a postdoc, and I'm as anxious as can be to start my new job as a tenure-track assistant professor (seriously, I still haven't gotten over the thrill and foreignness of that title). The past two weeks away from work have provided a much needed break, even considering the constant buzz of travel, family gatherings, and chasing after our very active toddler. With the new year in play and a new job on the horizon, though, it's time to get back to work.
Probably the toughest part of this transition is keeping myself focused on what's right in front of me here in Postdoc City. I have several small-ish experiments to complete to round out a manuscript that needs to be submitted. I need to finish organizing my postdoc work for my mentor and for my new lab. I need to find Hubby, Monkey and myself a place to live in Tenure-Track Town. We need to pack our condo and storage unit, and we need to finalize moving arrangements. It's a lot to do in a very short period of time, and I need all the focus I can muster.
But then there's all that new, kewl stuff waiting for me out there in Tenure-Track Town. My science. My office. My future Keurig coffee pot in my office. My new iPad. My science. My lab. My future lab minions. My lab equipment. My science. My experiments. My grants. Have I mentioned my science? I'm so scared of fucking up, but I'm also so excited to get started. On my science.
Focus is more important now than ever. I need to finish what I've started in Postdoc City, in order to put myself in the best position possible once I get to Tenure Track Town. It's time to put my head down and my nose to the grindstone. One last postdoctoral push before I take my next steps into professorhood.