On July 5th, our experiment was officially implemented for the first time. On July 6th, Annika and I started getting data files. By July 8th, I had already slogged through two different audio files, each about an hour long, and completed the coding and transcription, and I was exhausted. The files themselves are monstrous, and listening to a person’s voice repeat, basically, the same phrases and words over and over for hours on end can really wear on a person. I didn’t really give myself a break between the files, and it definitely showed; I worked at a much slower pace for the second file because the tedium of the task was really getting to me.
So I took a step back. I took a break, I watched some TV (has anyone else been watching the Twin Peaks revival? I’m finally caught up!), I went out to dinner with my family, and I gave myself some time to breathe. When I came back to my files, I was ready and able to work efficiently again.
I guess what I learned this week was how badly burnout can affect future work; I had put in long days of 9-10 hours, and it was really draining. I need to be at full battery to do my best work. I can’t wait to see the results from all the participants’ sessions, but it will definitely take a while for us to sort through all of this data!
And now, back to Praat…
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