“Doing” a Doctorate – week ten

Published on Friday 12th January 2018 by DJ Kirkby

This week has been quite stressful in terms of trying to juggle all of the everything that is part of the role of being a lecturer in midwifery, trying to fit exercise and family time  in around loooong work days, whilst also working on my doctorate in the evenings and weekend. I am trying to stay focussed on the fact that although I am going into what will be an exceedingly busy three months at work, not all weeks will be like this.  In fact this is the first really stressful one in the past ten weeks, so I am grateful for that.

Week 10 of 48 allocated (part time) doctorate weeks (Day 10 of 192): read week seven by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  no new words this week other than a bit of research data analysis
Doctorate assignment words written (total needs to be 5,000.00) – 5771 words on paper (not necessarily good words or in the right order, but I’m getting there)
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion
Miles run – 7.5 challenging miles as I get back to fitness after being ill during the Christmas hols
Cakes baked –  none, but I did make berry flapjacks and granola (it’s a bit like a sweet treat, right? Well mine is anyway. )
Crafting done – a few crooked rows of crochet (it’s getting very difficult to see well enough to craft)
Books read for pleasureThe Marriage Pact, A Cornish Christmas, The Hazel Wood (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – none
Movies watched for doctorate – none
Articles read for doctorate –  Measuring Presence in Virtual Environments
Blogs read for doctorate – Blueprint TeacherPatter, Valibrarian, MeanLaura (suggestions of suitable / recommended reading welcomed in comment section below)
Research undertaken – I have begun analysing to research data from the first cohort to use the immersive learning environment
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
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 – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Complete first assignment ready for submission on 19th
  • Amend articles after feedback from people who want to be co-authors
  • Continue to recruit students from two other countries to participate in research
  • Begin preparing evidence for midwifery revalidation
  • 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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