Back to eating the elephant …

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????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 …


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