The conversion factor between the time you think it will take and the time it will actually take is somewhere around 1/0.
I think this is one of the few measurements I’ve made as a theoretical physicist where I can claim absolute certainty: 0 ± 0!
And that’s not looking at the unfortunate souls who find themselves climbing a never-ending ladder.
The trick to not worrying: Most people aren’t thinking about you.
My favourite part is when a term take’s the form of “Name’s X”. It gives almost no indication for what’s going on, but I guess it does give the researcher their mark in history… (Though to be fair, it’s not the researcher themselves that often self-titles their own work.)
“Don’t worry, we’ll make sure to include a small part of the new building that captures the spirit of what you did here.”
We’re just all a little suspicious of why you need so much funding when surely everything can just be put into a calculator?
I think this would happen to an expert in any field. As you learn more, you stop needing the simplified explanations that are for others. They are still useful, just not for you.
Not depicted: proof by praying that nobody scrutinizes your work too closely.
I have a feeling this year is going to be memorable far into the future…