Permission to be frustrated?

4526365513I’m having a real hard time accepting the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t revolve around my research results! What are they thinking! In my mind I have some extremely small asks. Tiny surveys that won’t take more than 2/3 minutes of people’s time. Getting things on time. Or at all. And above me, around me I have this feeling like there is an enormous clock ticking ticking ticking.

Working 7 days a week doesn’t really help because it means there is no down time. My weeks are too busy with work and the daily everythings so I’m packing all the research into the weekends and occasional evenings.

I have to keep reminding myself that I need to be thankful for the 1/2 of students who did reply not be annoyed with the 1/2 who didn’t. To be happy with the teacher who DID have her students do the survey in class not cross with the other 2 who sent it home for them to do when they had time (duh.. as if any student would ever do it then?)  I’m just mega frustrated as these are the bits that are preventing me from getting to a draft stage because there is just not enough data to make the comparisons and conclusions I want to make. I’m just glad I’m not writing this for a peer review journal because I can poke holes a million miles wide into my research at this point and I’m not satisfied.

Do I take the weekend off? Will that make it worse or better? Maybe it’s time for a list of the gaps, and some editing of what I have.


I’m currently living in Singapore, which the latest in a long line of places I’ve been living in the last few years including Hong Kong, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, and South Africa. I’m married with two children, aged 14 and 13. Having lived around the world I’ve acquired quite a few languages and my big passion is bi/multi-lingualism and - culturalism, which I try to incorporate into my work, learning and essays wherever possible! I finished my MIS degree in December 2014 and I'm currently enrolled in M Ed (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation). My murky past is in commerce and industry as a Chartered Accountant, doing a lot of random studying and learning and I’m currently working in an International School following the PYP method in the primary division serving students K-6. Previously I worked in a secondary library of another international school, on a part-time basis, as a reference librarian. Since I LOVE social media, this is where you can find me: My (other) blog is: http://informativeflights.blogspot.com/ Paperli: https://paper.li/deschatjes/1387886085 Flipboard: https://flipboard.com/profile/nadinebailey754 Library Guides: http://research.uwcsea.edu.sg/language http://cis.libguides.com/TKlibrary/home


  1. I only had four teachers respond! Four! Admittedly there are only 10 in the school. But still. Soo frustrating.


    • Horrid for you guys, but I feel a little better that I’m not alone in this! In the end I’ve just grouped the comments I did get in an appendix and referred to them obliquely

  2. Hi Nadine,
    I feel your frustration – I had lined up a number of academics to interview and all but one managed to find a way to bail out. One is available next week however (after the assignment is due!).

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