“Doing” a Doctorate – week five

Published on Saturday 2nd December 2017 by DJ Kirkby

I took a week off from doctoral work (but I am back on it today). I really wasn’t feeling any of the love and was feeling all of the fear which doesn’t make it easy to write all of the eversomany words required for my first assignment.

Plus, I have a chronic eye problem which decided it needed some urgent attention from my optician. Unfortunately the attention my eyes got resulted in a referral for eye surgery because my right eye is no longer doing any of the work and my left eye thinks this is outrageous.

I am determined to fit the surgery in around races I have booked to do (and work commitments and my doctorate). Because, priorities! Luckily my optician understands that I am a total diva and has taken this into account when making the referral for surgery (to a specialist centre where they’ll treat me like the princess I am).

Week 5 of 48 allocated (part time) doctorate weeks (Day 8 of 192): read week four by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  no new words
Doctorate assignment words written (total needs to be 5000.00) – none
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion
Miles run – 14 (10 of them dressed as Mrs Claus, pics at bottom of post)
Cakes baked –  one pumpkin pie (see pics at bottom of post if you like that sort of thing)
Crafting done – a couple of rows of super soft baby blanket which will probably need ripping out and redoing (see eye problem explanation above)
Books read for pleasureThe Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale, An Almost Perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe (see 2017 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – none
Articles read for doctorate – none
Blogs read for doctorate – None (suggestions of suitable / recommended reading welcomed in comment section below)
Research undertaken – 43 of 44 students have completed the first survey,  and 14 of 44 students have completed the 2nd survey
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (done for this month unless I need prodding)
Meetings with ALN support – unfortunately none, desperately need one but struggling to find matching space in our diaries
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – high, there is no space available which means squeezing it into home and holiday time this month.
Overall average stress level – high
Average success rate – low

Plan for next week:

  • Eat advent calendar chocolates
  • Amend articles after feedback from people who want to be co-authors
  • Continue to recruit students from two other countries to participate in research
  •  Exercise
  •  Bake
  • Crochet more
  • Cuddle new grandson as much as possible
  • Make more time to read for pleasure

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