“Doing” a Doctorate – week 46 and 47

Published on Monday 24th September 2018 by DJ Kirkby

Work is a bit overwhelming at the moment so I am spending a lot of my non work time (evenings and weekends), actually working in order to try and get on top of it all. I’m not being very successful but I am just about keeping my head above water, and looking forward to December when my workload will go back to normal for a couple months.

I am currently in the freaking out phase of this assignment (number 4), rather than the getting words written phase. I need to get a move on though because the first draft has to be finished by mid Oct as it is due mid Nov.

I did get  a lot of baking done (including creating a new vegan cake recipe)  – the amount I bake always seems proportionate to the amount of stress I am under – I think differently while I bake. I also got the go ahead to go back to running which I am so pleased about as this means marathon training can begin, and it also means I have a way to work off all of this baking and some of the stress!


Week 46 and 47 in review: read week 45 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words writtenVirtual health education: scaling practice to transform student learning article has been made available online by Nurse Education Today – click here for more info. Future Technologies Conference 2018 article NoObesity Apps – from approach to finished app has been accepted for publication.  Poster about the CILVRS project pilot VRLE has been accepted for the Wessex CSIP Safety, Quality & Improvement Conference 2018 and awarded highly commended status. I’ve finished the draft of the second CILVRS article so I need to send it to co-authors for their comment  / contribution.
Doctorate assignment words written – 326 (not many but at least I’ve made a start)
Cups of tea drunk –  Lost count, tea is so perfect, more tea please.
Miles run – 6,  I was allowed back to running and swimming on Weds so marathon training has finally commenced
Kilometers swam – 1
Miles cycled -Zero (I think I’ve lost the love for it)
Cakes baked –  Luscious lemon, chocolate birthday cake, plum crumble, maple pecan cookies, pumpkin cake and raisin buns  (see photo at end of post).
Crafting  done- Knitting has been on pause during the hot weather but I’ll soon be back at it as the temperature is dropping
Books read for pleasure –  The Chosen Ones, Do Not Disturb  (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None this week
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – The 100
Articles read for doctorate – Virtual labs,
Blogs read for doctorate – None this week
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none this week
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Meeting arranged for mid Oct
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary
Overall average stress level – high
Average success rate – Hmmmmm, next question please.

Plan for next week:

  • Work
  • Wait for husband’s appointment with new specialist in late Nov.
  • Continue work on first draft of assignment 4
  • Send first draft of second CILVRS article to co-author for comment
  • Bake
  • Have a life

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