“Doing” a Doctorate – week three

Published on Friday 24th November 2017 by DJ Kirkby

Random thought that requires further pondering: the doctorate graduation cap resembles a mushroom –  I can’t help wondering if there is some hidden irony on the part of whoever was in charge of allocating cap shapes. What say you all?

Week 3: read week two by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  800 (apparently a reasonable amount in one session – I fear I may have peaked too soon)
Doctorate suitable papers published – none
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion
Miles run – 17.08 (and one half marathon training plan sorted – see week no 2 for explanation of this madness)
Cakes baked –  16 fruity cookies and 28 tutti fruity mini cupcakes (see pics at bottom of post if you like that sort of thing)
Crafting done – many rows of baby blanket
Books read for pleasure – A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis (see 2017 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – none
Conference proposals written – none
Research funding bids written / submitted – none
Articles read for doctorate – several
Blogs read for doctorate – PhD comics (suggestions of suitable / recommended reading welcomed in comment section below)
Research undertaken – 42 of 44 students have completed the first survey
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (done for this month unless I need prodding)
Meetings with ALN support – none (done for this month unless I need prodding)
Average level of guilt felt when squeezing doctorate days in work diary – minimal
Overall average stress level – minimal
Average success rate – acceptable
I acknowledge that there are a significant amount of things in the list above that are not related to doctoral studies, but they keep my craecrae from overflowing, and therefore I think they deserve a mention.

Most significant thing that happened this week – new grandson welcomed into the family (8lb 8oz of silky skinned perfection)

Plan for next week:

  • begin catching up with my doctoral cohort
  • finish article draft that is due in Dec
  • continue to recruit students from two other countries to participate in research
  • inform participating students of focus group date
  •  exercise
  •  bake
  • crochet more
  • cuddle new grandson as much as possible
  • make more time to read for pleasure

Leave a Reply