I am currently working as a research assistant in a lab. In my previous work and academic experiences (along with consulting a psychologist), I basically learned that I am most productive when I have accountability, deadlines, and consequences for not meeting deadlines. The manager of the lab (the prof) is very very busy (it is characteristic of him to cancel meetings even with other faculty with little notice), and also very trusting and relaxed, so even if he were not busy, I do not see him as a supervising type.
There is another research assistant who is more senior than me and has sort of micromanaged me in the past, though this was for completely different work.
Is there any professional way I could ask him to help micromanage me without coming across as lazy, unproductive, unmotivated, immature, etc.? I think it's actually a good thing to be micromanaged, because it's expensive and a huge investment of the more senior worker (basically like an apprenticeship?). The answer to this question seems to agree with my assessment: Asking for help from senior or anyone is it such a big issue and geting fired because of it
But then if one has to be micromanaged to be productive, does that not make one a liability in a sense?
When I have had accountability, I generally do an efficient job at researching the problem at hand and coming up with a solution within the deadline. I do not think it would be constructive criticism to suggest I change my line of work, unless that is really the issue.