“Doing” a Doctorate – week 11

Published on Friday 19th January 2018 by DJ Kirkby

Party time! Errrrr, not really…..but that’s how a typo on a recent performance review claimed I was fitting in my doctorate….sounds much more fun than doing my Doctorate ‘part time’, that’s for sure. In other news, I pressed the submit button for my first assignment today! Hopefully I’ll know whether I’ve passed in about 4 weeks.

Week 11 of 48 allocated (part time) doctorate weeks (Day 11 of 192): read week ten by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  no new words this week
Doctorate assignment words written (total needs to be 5000.00) – 5489 words on paper. I deleted over 2000 this week which was very painful s I feel like I have given birth to every word.
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion
Miles run – 9.5 challenging miles as I get back to fitness after being ill during the Christmas hols
Baking done –  one delicious Victoria sponge, a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies and a batch of peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies
Crafting done – a few crooked rows of crochet (it’s getting very difficult to see well enough to craft)
Books read for pleasureFaking Friends (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – none
Movies watched for doctorateThis fab 60 second video sample of parts of my research pilot project
Articles read for doctorate –  The Challenges Facing Universities
Blogs read for doctorate – Thesis blurbs,  Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? (suggestions of suitable / recommended reading welcomed in comment section below)
Research undertaken – I have begun analysing the research data from the first cohort to use the immersive learning environment
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – one tutorial with my current doctorate unit lead
Meetings with ALN / LD support – some much appreciated advice from my LD support to STOP OVERTHINKING MY ASSIGNMENT!!!!
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – Extreme
Overall average stress level – high
Average success rate – Party time!

Plan for next week:

  • Not think about my submission being read by the markers
  • Amend articles after feedback from people who want to be co-authors (didn’t;t have time to do this last week)
  • Continue to recruit students from other countries to participate in research
  • Exercise more
  • Bake more
  • Crochet more
  • Cuddle new grandson as much as possible
  • Read just for the fun of it
  • Allow myself to get distracted by all things shiny and appreciate that for the future creativity and benefit it may add to my doctorate

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