“Doing” a Doctorate – week 22

Published on Friday 6th April 2018 by DJ Kirkby

Bit late posting this today, but I’ve been busy baking for an event tomorrow. Meanwhile, in doctorate land I’ve realised that I need to ensure my research question(s) investigate whether my VRLE is leading to improvements in patient care and safety. So, I’ve made those changes now, and will use this with the research cohorts from now on. I’ve been working hard on my second assignment but am really struggling with it. Some days I’ve put in six hors work and wrote 700 words, some days I’ve put in six hours work and wrote 300 words, some days six hours and only wrote 100 words. Seriously. I’m over halfway done with my first draft now but it’s felt pretty soul destroying so far. I’m trying to redress the balance by upping the amount I’m baking to calm my mind and let it mull over the zillions of words I’ve read whilst trying to write this assignment in the hopes that the rest of the assignment fits together….which seems a bit like mind alphagetti, but if it works then that’s all that matters.

Week 22: read week 21 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written – Errrr, still waiting to hear back from NET about the article I submitted. No news is good news, right?
Doctorate assignment words written – 2836 (of 5000) on assignment no 2 (excruciatingly painful words, I might add)
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, now with added cups of coffee. Going to become a caffeine junkie at this rate.
Miles run – 3 (but I am going to try and increase this by running a little every day)
Kilometers swam – Zero
Miles cycled – Zero
Cakes baked –  77 vegan cupcakes, various vegan chocolates, vegan blueberry hot cross buns (photos below)  See my recipe section for various recipes.
Crafting done –  crocheting a love heart blanket (not the tidiest job because eyesight is rubbish now but it keeps my hands busy in the evenings)
Books read for pleasure Now You See Her, The Mars Room, (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate –
Movies watched for doctorate
Articles read for doctorate – Paving the way for cultural competent robots, Transcultural Robotic Nursing- An introduction to culturally-aware robots
Blogs read for doctorate – Robots in an ageing world,
Research undertaken – 2nd UK research cohort recruited. Still trying to recruit from Australian cohort.
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Waiting for appointment
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – zero (on hols to write assignment)
Overall average stress level – Minimal
Average success rate – Moderate

Plan for next week:

  • Complete surveys ready for Auz cohorts
  • Complete recruitment of Auz cohorts
  • Book tutorial with unit lead
  • Get LD support with next assignment
  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (have pre-op date but no op date yet? WEIRD)
  • 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
  • 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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