One of the best things about grad school is the flexibility in scheduling. It can actually be rather relaxing to work in the office on the weekends. I’m far from the only one to see the benefits of alternatives to the standard 9-5:

  1. Why You Can’t Work at Work by Jason Fried
  2. The Myth of Work Life Balance by Mitch Joel
  3. If you’re working this week, you’re smart by Scott Berkun

Some companies seem to be more introspective about how employees spend their time, but that can seem lacking in academia. I’m still early enough in my career to be idealistic about the possibility of 15 minute group meetings where everyone stands, collaborations between admin and research staff to cut down on paperwork, presentation critiques to promote awesomeness at conferences, and a stronger outreach program to engage people outside of the university.