Lack of planning

I hate it when people do not plan ahead.

My PIXE studies for my masters are linked to other studies by other people with other objectives. A scientific initiation student from the Chemistry Institute, is one of them.

She’s planning on attending a congress on thermal analysis in september, and the abstract submission deadline is May 5.

The problem: she only called me to ask for PIXE results last friday.

I have to say, that’s not how it works. I didn’t know she would need those data. That’s because she didn’t bother explaining that to me. I actually never had any idea about what the hell she wanted with my data – only that she and her advisor kept bugging me about them. For all I knew, I was going to be the only one directly using those data.

What really ticks me off is that her lack of planning is causing me stress, because that’s the way I react to that sort of things. From where I stand, she’s likely to miss the deadline. And that’s a VERY frustrating perspective.

I can’t say I don’t care about her work, but if something goes wrong and she misses the deadline, I will not be upset.

This time, the noob was not me.

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