Lockdown has been a lot of learning – but I think that I’m coming out the other side (assuming we are coming out the other side) a stronger person with a better understanding of what I need even when it feels everything is turned on its head!
I’m still ploughing on with my work plan and making progress, whilst I don’t like the uncertainties (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this and everyone is finding a way to cope with the difficulties that this situation imposes), I am determined not to let this break me. I’ve put too much heart, soul and energy into this PhD and I will persevere and make it through. I’m too stubborn not to! The only way through this, for us all I’m sure, is to adapt and persevere – what else can we do, right?
Whilst in some ways I feel I have adjusted a little too well to lockdown life, other aspects are very difficult to get used to.
Here I’ll take you through how I’m keeping myself sane with a pretty strict routine and how I’m making the most of the extra 3 hours a day that I’m not commuting!
So, there is a plan. It’s not plan A – heck it probably wasn’t even plan B or C, but it is a plan. I am grateful that I can do so much on the computer from home and I just have to adapt.
Slow and steady is key – PhD life really is a marathon and not a sprint! The key is to keep that momentum going, even if it’s slow, it’s there. Research takes time, you’ve just got to roll with what you can manage a day at a day.
I’m trying to take each day as it comes and prepare as best I can. Sometimes, that just feels a bit difficult, but we have to pull through! The key is to focus on what I can control and prepare for the difficulties I’m anticipating – what more can I do, right?
I honestly feel better having taken the morning to step back from my PhD and look at the bigger picture. It’s so easy to keep looking down, looking in so much detail at what you’re working on at that moment, to forget the bigger picture and what else is there. What can be done.
Short (relatively) post today, because I don’t really have much to say and I have code to get back to. Just keep persevering, it is possible to surface in this data swamp!
It was a pure coincidence that this Tedx event was exactly 2 years into my PhD, I only actually realised on Tuesday, but I feel it’s a pretty symbolic milestone event.