I'm new at a company doing statistics and I have no trainer or superadvisor and little work experience so there's many things I don't know how to do and I don't even know if there's a way to do what I want to do faster by automation. Automation is often necessary because there's too much data to sort by hand.
The problem is sometimes I'm trying to come up with a solution to automate a process/do my work faster and stay sane and I get nothing written down during that time except in my own mind and I feel the need to stay in the office longer once I do figure out the solution and implement it.
Is the 9-5 work schedule supposed to include all thinking time (time where I'm at the drawing board coming up with a solution but not actually implementing anything) and the time I actually get things on paper that my boss can see?
I feel guilty and confused on whether I'm being taken advantage of or just being smart because I'm new, have no superadvisor, so I have to struggle and take extra time to figure things out, and I'm worried I'm not getting enough done, and sometimes spending time during work walking around, going to the bathroom, looking on stackexchange is better for actually coming up with a solution than just forcing myself to try to do work that should be automated by manually entering data.
Sometimes I actually don't leave the office at 5 after starting at 9 am just because I didn't actually sit in my chair from 9-5, there's one hour where I'm walking around thinking about how to do something rather than actually coding the implementation of my idea. If you've ever solved a math problem, you actually get more done if you don't spend all your time sitting trying to find a solution, but rather taking a walk or going to the restroom or taking a train ride.
The problem with white collar work is it's not like manufacturing widgets. You have to think of a solution then implement it. So you get paid to think and therefore you aren't bound to sitting in front of a machine making widgets. But I feel like it's bad if I make my 9-5 include thinking time. I feel like my 9-5 shouldn't include thinking time because I'm doing things too slowly.
My boss treats me like a blue collar worker where he doesn't care if I spent the day figuring out how to solve the problem, he just wants results or he expects me to make my 9-5 only be made up for by implementation. Basically my boss doesn't want me to actually have a 8 hour workday but rather a 10 hour work day just because I don't know how to do things fast enough.