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February 13, 2012

Remind me why I came back? – by Elle

I didn't know about Murphy's Law until I read the previous blog post, which seemed incredibly relevant and made me feel slightly better about today. I need some motivation to stay in the lab and do something productive today because all I feel like doing is going home and starting on the mountain of washing I appear to have flown back from France.

Before I went away, I was feeling pretty good about the PhD and I knew what I needed to do when I go back from holiday. I had one week of mass spec time booked for when I got back, and then I didn't have any more time until at least April... bit of an issue in your final year, but I was prepared for it.

I wasn't, however, prepared to get back and discover that it is once again broken and awaiting an engineer. Arghhhhh! Goodbye planned experiments, hello stress! I should have stayed on holiday! At least I was making some progress on my skiing ability out there. I am now at stalemate with my PhD once again.

I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself and at one point nearly put my coat back on and walked home.

Anyway, after a few tears and a coffee (plus a quick chat with my Dad to vent frustration) I have booked a meeting with my supervisor later in the week to discuss a seminar talk I need to prepare, and decided to focus on things I do have control over. Like writing a this blog and starting to write some articles for the Research Exchange. It might not help the PhD progress, but its certainly more productive than going home!

It made me wonder how other people pick themselves up when faced with frustrations and interruptions in their PhD? How do you re-motivate yourself when you hit a low point and get going again?

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