“Doing” a Doctorate – week six

Published on Thursday 14th December 2017 by DJ Kirkby

Hard to believe I am now on week six (minus two so this may actually be week four, see week two for explanation) and I have not even managed to write an assignment plan, let alone begun working on the draft. Arrrrggggghghh, panic stations! I need to start these things the second they are assigned because I am ever so very S L O W at progressing with academic writings (see week four for more detail on being an iditogenius). Also, despite the fact that my doctorate is focussing on VR as a way to bridge the theory / practice gap…I keep getting distracted by the lure of all things AI! Focus, must maintain focus…..ooooh look a shiny related to AI….I wonder if it’s too late to change my……*wanders off to search for info on AI*

Week 6: read week five by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  no new words
Doctorate assignment words written (total needs to be 5000.00) – 100 (which have now been deleted)
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion
Miles run – 14 (Freezing cold but beautiful scenery, pic at bottom of post)
Cakes baked –  one carrot cake  (with raisins *blurk* because I love my husband and he loves eating raisins. Weirdo.)
Crafting done – a couple of rows of super soft baby blanket in crochet because I had to rip out the knitted version (see week five for explanation)
Books read for pleasureLily, the Pug and the Christmas Wish by Keris Stainton, A Second Christmas Wish by Kathryn Freeman, A Maigret Christmas by Georges Simeon (see 2017 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – none
Articles read for doctorate – Once brain bending chapter on epistemology that baffled me and one chapter on the same that was enlightening (viva la variety)
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 22 of 44 students have completed the 2nd survey so far
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN support – two booked for next week (hurrah!)
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – high, but I dampened it down by cancelling one day of holiday and chaningd it to an EdD day, plus I will use at least one week of holiday to work on EdD. Because, idiotgenius.
Overall average stress level – high
Average success rate – negligible

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 more
  •  Bake more
  • Crochet more
  • Cuddle new grandson as much as possible
  • Read just for the fun of it
  • Allow myself tog et distracted by all things shiny and appreciate that for the future creativity and benefit it may add to my doctorate

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