“Doing” a Doctorate – week 25

Published on Friday 27th April 2018 by DJ Kirkby

This has been a week of nots.

I’ve not managed to finish my final version of “Death by Meths” yet, and it’s due on the 11th May which is giving me the screaming abdabs. I like to have my assignments completed well in advance….just in case my computer breaks/I get ill/some other disaster. What? I make no secret of the fact that I’m an optimistic pessimist.

I also STILL have not managed to get an eye op date! I have been told that it will be before the 15th June “as that is the breach date” and that I will “get a few days notice”. So that’s going to be really helpful in finding people to take on all my specialist teaching and marking and other assessing that is scheduled for the next couple months. Not.

*flails about*

I am still mulling over ways in which I can write my final thesis in a way that is interesting. I want it to be a document that will appeal to a wide variety of readers, and not just academics.

Week 25: read week 24 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written – Errrr, still waiting to hear back from NET about the article I submitted nine weeks ago. I have written an article for the FTC18 conference which I submitted on time. It now has to be blind peer reviewed, hopefully it will be accepted as a conference topic.
Doctorate assignment words written – 4812 (of 5000) words drafted on assignment no 2 about methodologies and methods (a.k.a. Death by Meths)
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict
Miles run – 3.2 (tropical) miles – this heatwave has been rather gorgeous.
Miles swam – zero, I was restricted to wearing glasses until I  had biometric measurements done on my eyes and I can’t see to swim without corrective lenses. I am back to wearing contacts today so plan on swimming tonight!
Miles cycled – Zero (can’t see well enough to cycle safely until afte rmy eye op)
Cakes baked –  a layer cake and a banana loaf   See my recipe section for various recipes.
Crafting  done- busy working on second cannula sleeve for dementia patients
Books read for pleasure  Exhibit Alexandra, The Pursuit of Ordinary (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – A chapter of How to be a Happy Academic, Qualitative Methods for Health Research
Movies watched for doctorate – None
Articles read for doctorateHow to act like a superstar scholar (I don’t think it will help my doctorate but it’s hilarious and helped take the edge off pre-conference anxiety)
Blogs read for doctorate – Survive
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – waiting for feedback on (what I hope is nearly) my final draft. They haven’t got back to me with feedback yet which means….a free weekend!!! It’s quite nice to be faced with a weekend where I actually get to just do weekend stuff. I haven’t had a day off or any holiday rest since last summer because I have had to spend weekends and holiday time working on doctoral study and assignments.
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary –  quite high
Overall average stress level –  high
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Undergo  more training to learn how to fully utilise ALN tech equipment
  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (have had pre-op date but still waiting for op date)
  • Wait for husband’s referral date to new specialist to find out extent of damage caused by chronic illness number two (he’s received a letter informing him there are currently NO appointments!)
  • Bake more
  • Continue knitting cannula arms sleeves for dementia patients
  • Continue work on “Death by Meths” assignment
  • Read more for fun
  • 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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