Okay so today is not quite a pleasant day for me: I accidentally schedule my research group meeting with the pick-up key meeting side-by-side and missed the first research group meeting.
The key point is that this event can be and should be avoided by requesting the key meeting to be postponed for 30 mins or so, which I did not do initially and come think about it, is pretty stupid. Although I could argue that the first meeting should not have much negative impact and I haven't fully switched to the mindset of research, this event does highlight the issue of lack of consideration on arranging events. It should be a common practice to leave enough time gap between two important events to prevent possible conflicts due to various reason, which in my case is the transportation time cost. It should be of natural practice to actively think about agenda when adding new events.
Another interesting fact is that I chose the pick-up key meeting rather than the research group meeting. The group meeting should be of higher priority than picking up key for lab room. However, since the group meeting is remote and the key meeting is physical, my subconscious prioritized the physical one. I guess this is another drawback of the pandemic. Still, the ability to prioritize events is important and I am particular weak in this part. It is usual for me to mark nearly all my tasks priority 1, which, as my friend once said, are all not prioritized. Together with time management, I personally consider these are the two most important management skills a university student needs to possess in order to succeed in academic life. Now on reflecting myself, I think the main reason for my ineffective priority management is that I want too much to be accomplished in too little time. Thus, I have the tendency to finish all my tasks in a single day, which is definitely impossible. The key point here is to distribute my tasks evenly throughout the time period, ideally a week or so. In addition, like the action of scheduling events, sufficient gap should be left in case any perceivable or imperceivable issue raises and delays the completion of tasks.
Anyway, what was done is done and we need to pack what ever we have and seek for measures to mitigate the influence of the mistake as much as possible: weeping on the past failures does not contribute to the future work in any positive way. For me, the make up plan is to participate in the next meeting.