Top 2 weekly time wasters!

18 Apr

THIS IS A BIT OF A FOLLOW UP FROM THE TALK I GAVE AT GAIN WORKSHOP: MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE: BECOMING A YOUNG INVESTIGATOR IN GERMANY. ONCE YOU GET TO GERMANY AND WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR MILLION EURO PRIZE YOU WILL HAVE TO LEARN ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT. ONE WAY TO MANAGE TIME IS NOT TO LOSE TIME.  DELETE MAILS (AND DON’T BLOG ABOUT THEM!). DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO!!! 

WHO WOULD RESPOND TO SUCH EMAILS?  CERTAINLY NOT A TOP RESEARCHER LIKE YOURSELF! LOOK AT THE EXAMPLE EMAILS FROM THIS WEEK…. 

Professor,

Would you be available for interview regarding mentoring in the upcoming weeks? Please let me know at your earliest convienence. Thank you.

Sincerely,
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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DO YOU EVEN KNOW MY NAME? WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? DID YOU DO SPELL CHECK?  CONVENIENCE  IS SPELLED WRONG… SO FAR YOU’RE NOTHING BUT A TW (Time Waster).

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Dear Dr. Striano,

I am a psychology major in the XXXXXXXXXX , aspiring to become an elementary school psychologist. Considering the critical role early development plays in all aspects of life, I was interested in participating as a research assistant in your Infancy Research lab. Unfortunately, I read that a six month commitment is required. I am pregnant and due in August, so a commitment of that length at this time would not be possible. However, I was considering volunteering my child as a participant once he is born. I would appreciate meeting with you to discuss this possibility, and perhaps any other ways I may be able to volunteer.

Thank you for your consideration,
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IS THERE ANY INDICATION HERE THAT YOU READ MY PAPERS?  THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THE RESEARCH THAT MY LAB IS DOING?  SO, YOU WANT TO WORK IN MY LAB BUT CAN’T EVEN COMMIT TO 6 MONTHS?  I SHOULD TAKE YOU ON BECAUSE YOU HAVE A CHILD?  I’M ALREADY GETTING EXCUSES BEFORE THE START DATE… NO WAY… NO WAY… DON’T GO BACK AND READ IT AGAIN… JUST PRESS DELETE!   SO YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH ME SO THAT YOU CAN EXPLAIN AHEAD OF TIME WHY YOU CANT DO THE WORK? OR MAYBE YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK FROM HOME? YOU WANT AN EXCEPTION?  YOU EXPECT TO HAVE A BABY AND TIME TO DO YOUR CLASSES AND TIME TO COMMIT TO MY LAB…  DON’T CHANGE YOUR RULES.. DON’T LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS.. TO BE A TOP RESEARCHER IN GERMANY (OR IN US) YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE QUICK DECISIONS AND STICK WITH THEM. MY DECISION HERE: NO.

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2 Responses to “Top 2 weekly time wasters!”

  1. Javier Luzon April 19, 2010 at 3:41 am #

    Dear Dr. Striano,
    Thank you for sharing all this with us. Your words are really enlightening. In addition, I remember that you showed us some good email examples. Can you also share this with us?
    It was nice meeting you at the GAIN workshop,

    Best Wishes,

    Javier

    • TriciaStriano April 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

      I will post these and the talk this week! Thanks for your comments Javier.

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