Found the secret of working in noisy spaces, thinking it to be a bonus. So managed to think and type in a noisy coffee shop, staff room or with TV on on the background. This skill developed of necessity when too much multi-tasking was going on: degree, work, parenting, entertainment – all in parallel.
However, there has been fallout from this ability. I can no longer work in silence. And, doing doctoral research where difficult theories form the foundation of my studies so need to dig deep to understand the concepts. Going to try this week to focus in total silence for short periods, turning the clock back to study-days of youth and see if I can speed read and then then write accompanied by noise. Reverse engineering?
How does the doctoral student find time and space to think … to resolve … to plumb the depths?
During 2014, I explored, completed my doctoral proposal and make good progress. I met the usual doctoral hurdles. Overcame them. Sadly early in 2015, with the vision of completion later in 2015, I lost my way. Not even sure why or how this happened. But ascribe it to burn-out, taking on too much without completion, coupled with a new and interesting job. So first pointers:
- Write regularly, often in small parts, synthesizing – do this along the way before it becomes the elephant in the room;
- Maintain a feasible pace based on attainable deadlines;
- Ensure a balanced lifestyle – walks, healthy diet, water, rest, laughs, meditation;
- Set aside the time for energizing the research – no other new challenges; and
- Complete the bits that have been started – avoids scattering of energy.
Having lost myself, it’s time to claw it back. Deal with the elephant bit by bit. Positive steps that tick the boxes:
- Complete the required journal article;
- Structure the collaborative writing exercise;
- Finalize Chapter 3 – Research Design and Methodology; and
- Focus on final data collection: an interview, transcript of a YouTube video and analysis of content of a learning portal.
Chat again later …