I’ve mentioned more than once how overwhelmed I feel by my PhD at times. There are publications, conference papers, grants, and public engagement pieces to write alongside your thesis, all to fulfil the undefined and amorphous goal of ‘employability’. Not to mention all those other logistical and bureaucratic tasks that need doing as well as … Continue reading Feeling Overwhelmed: 5 ways to manage yourself better
Hello! I'm back from my trip and just about recovered from jet lag - a 19 hour return journey always seems so much shorter when you're excitedly booking a holiday, right? So Shanghai is great! Extremely different from Edinburgh, obviously. Once again, I highly recommend the SGSAH 'Speaking My Language' course if you're interested in … Continue reading Recovering from the 2nd Year Slump
I’m not sure I know anyone who isn’t a massive fan of procrastination, myself included. Even though I really enjoy my PhD topic and have a list as long as my arm of poetry journals I want to submit to, I just can’t seem to help seeking distractions. In order to stay focused I’ve had … Continue reading Focusing on Organisation in a PhD
Hello! Hope you're all well and safe and getting loads of 100% satisfying/useful research done. I know I'm enjoying sitting indoors on the first sunny day of August that Scotland has seen this year, reading all about D.H. Lawrence's theories of the dark, intuitive "blood-self" and the intellectually clear "nerve-brain-self"...*smile* We're staying in the Borders … Continue reading Do you ever feel like your PhD is trying to kill you?