“Doing” a Doctorate – week 32

Published on Monday 18th June 2018 by DJ Kirkby

I’m starting to fall behind on these blog posts, not because I have lost interest, but because I am struggling to find the time to fit blogging in because the extra time I spend at work is gradually increasing. Though someone did recently mention that if I spent as much time working on my doctorate as I do writing these blog posts then I’d be done my doctorate by now. PAH! *flounce*

I did consider deferring my doctorate for a year as I have two assignments due between Sept and Dec which are also going to be the most crazy busy work months I think I’ve ever experienced, plus it looks likely my long overdue eye surgery op date will fall in this time period as well as the maximum mileage part of marathon training (except during my recovery from eye surgery obviously). However, I’ve decided not to defer and to see if I can get the bulk of  those assignments written between now and September instead.

In more love-y style doctorate news, I spent two days at a doctorate residential with my cohort and mingling with the other cohorts during the mixed activities. Despite being scared stupid by the viva exercise we observed, the rest of the residential felt empowering, and I loved spending time with my cohort (who, despite being absolute brainiacs, seemed to be asking the same questions as I was). This is the reason for me thinking that writing my assignments early is worth a try – I would really like to stay with the cohort I am currently in. You can see a photo of my cohort taken at the residential at the end of this blog post.

Week 32 in review: read week 31 by clicking here

Publishable words written – NET article (3,000 words ish) submission feedback still pending. FTC18 NoObesity apps article (3,961 words) is finished.
Doctorate assignment words written – Yeah….errrr…noooo….ask me again next week.
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict but I have decided to switch to decaf. Next week. Maybe.
Miles run – 13.5 (including taking my grandson for his first parkrun – I can’t believe how difficult it is to run with a pushchair!!!)
Miles swam – Zero (I worked too late on the day I was scheduled to go swimming)
Miles cycled – Zero ( can’t see well enough to cycle safely)
Cakes baked – 36 banana custard cupcakes and a pumpkin pie
Crafting  done- I’ve knit two cannula sleeves for dementia patients and nearly completed a third one.
Books read for pleasure – Snap, In The Dark   (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate –
Movies / videos watched for doctorate
Articles read for doctorateUsing SL for teaching in HE
Blogs read for doctorate –Demonstrating criticality in the literature review, To Be of Use: The Work of Reviewing,
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none as not in a place to have anything to show
Meetings with ALN / LD support – none, but explained my plan and have agreed an early date to send over the draft of my next assignment
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – hahahahahahahahahahaha (didn’t even bother trying)
Overall average stress level – Man up cucpake
Average success rate – Meh

Plan for next week:

  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (the hospital is currently working through those who breached the waiting list in March so it will be some time before they get to me)
  • Wait for husband’s referral date to new specialist to find out extent of damage caused by illness number two (he’s received a letter informing him there are currently NO appointments!)
  • Bake more but eat less of my baking
  • Run more
  • Continue knitting cannula arms sleeves for dementia patients and patio chair cushions
  • Begin working on assignment three
  • Draft second CILVRS article
  • 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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