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Leap day = thesis day?!

It’s Monday morning and I should be full of joy about the opportunities ahead. Not only is a new week starting, but today is leap day – what a rare chance to have a leap day during the PhD! (Is it?) Somehow all I want to do is crawl to bed though.

BUT I saw a tweet just now saying “What Leap day means for me: an extra day of thesis writing.. ” (by @A_GowardBrown). I liked that attitude and that got me thinking that I ought to be more positive! After all, the sun is shining here in the English Midlands, I don’t have any appointments or teaching commitments today and I don’t need to sit on a train for hours. All of these rather rare events coming together seem to make this leap day really special with an extra few hours for me to get that chapter draft fixed.

By the way, I wish I knew how to add the tweet here looking like properly embedded, like a clickable screenshot. Does anyone know?

I don’t have energy for checking now – and it would only be procrastination anyway. So what I’ll try to do is to pretend I’m attending one of the lovely ‘Shut Up & Work’ events at my Grad School’s PGRHub, with a self-enforced schedule and tasks for every working session and plenty of breaks with biscuits and coffee. Perhaps I can move the afternoon session to a cafe.

Happy Shut Up and Working 😉

 

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Flying (and floating) like a kite

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Just a some quick sharing today. First of all I’d like to thank everyone who read and commented on yesterday’s post on my feelings related to writing the first analysis chapter. It really feels great to hear back from people who have been through this already or are going through the same sort of thing.

So far I still feel a bit lost – and today some other annoying bits like problems with technology and bureaucracy were added to my plate. It doesn’t help, either, that I’ve some other deadline coming up … in theory it’s all very exciting only right now it doesn’t seem to be working quite ideally just yet. But I’ll try to hang in there and follow everyone’s advice to just try and get something ‘down’.

For now I just wanted to share this silly little drawing. I mentioned this simile to a friend recently (who is also a PhD student) and we got some fun out of it. We sometimes really feel like we’re flying (or floating) in the wind, sometimes way too far into one direction (or so it seems). Then at some point our supervisors may try to pull us back. At the moment I can feel lots of forces pulling on my line. But I do hope that something will pull me back to more familiar heights or grounds so that I’ll feel more comfortable soon. If you can relate, I hope you’ll feel that soon as well. Or perhaps you’ve already gotten into this kite thing – in that case happy flying :)!!!