Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Starting in 2007 I began work on the development of a new multi-million dollar detector system to be used at the laboratory where I work. It took me nearly a year to define the system requirements and another three years to complete the design, as I worked with a team of mechanical designers and engineers. After interacting with vendors around the world to manufacture the specialized components for the project, I then formed a team of scientists and technicians to work with me to actually assemble the equipment, a process that took three years to complete. The construction phase of the project ended early last year and I began on a long program to verify that the new equipment met the exacting design specifications. In the period from December 2013 to February 2014, the detector system was successfully installed. A project that required nearly eight years of my effort has now been completed.
Over the past several weeks I have been struggling to keep my mind on track at work. The day-to-day pattern that I had become inured to is fully in the past. Even though I have a lot of work on my plate and other projects that need my attention, I feel like I don't quite know what to do with myself. In short, I have become unfocused and uneasy. I realize that I will have to get back on the horse soon as other deadlines are approaching. Maybe today will be the day that I go back out to the hitching post.
Posted by Daniel