Since my last post, the clocks have gone back and winter is in full swing.....and I submitted my PhD!
On reflection, it was a stressful time as my PhD took over everything. I spent most of my time either working on writing up, thinking about writing up or sleeping!This didn't make the end of my PhD that enjoyable as in the end it was annoying that even simple tasks like shopping weren't enjoyable as I was worrying about my PhD.
Unfortunately, I only got some key results a few weeks before submission, which made everything more like a rush which was what I was trying to avoid. However, I stayed focused and knew what I had to do to submit on time, setting regular goals to keep me on target. Once I had submitted, I think I was drained as simple tasks did physically exhaust me so I took some time off and went on holiday. It was strange not having to think or worry about my PhD, so I seemed to go from having no time to lots. I think I was relived to have submitted on time more than anything! Now I am doing some work on the last piece of data from my PhD as I didn't have the time to analyse all of the data in the way I wanted. Now I have been back working as a technician for my research group for a few weeks, I feel like I am back into the swing of things. Itw a shard at first to settle back and motivate myself without an impending deadline, but I feel more organised and productive now.
My advice for fellow PhD'ers coming towards the end of their PhD would be:
- start writing early, the more you do, the more you have to start with so the easier it is to get into it
- be clear on what you have time to include and what you don't
- set yourself small, regular and realistic goals and stick to them
Good luck to all those writing up!