All entries for April 2014

April 23, 2014

Onwards and upwards!

Hello all,

Another update/opportunity for me to reflect/vent about how things are going with my PhD! Last week I was stuck on a piece of lab work that was taking up all of my time and energy. Thankfully, by the end of the week I had worked through what the problem was and now I'm waiting on a response from some technical support to move forward. I was relived that I now understood the problem and hopefully it should work out fine. However, by the end of last week I was struggling to motivate myself and concentrate in general, so with familiy visiting for Easter I had a five day break from work over the long Easter weekend. This has helped me to de-stress and relax a little and now I feel more focused and determined.

Overall, things aren't going that badly I think I just worry too much! But stopping doing this is far easier said than done so I'm focusing on moving forward with the things I am worrying about so they become less of a worry if that makes sense! I only have one pair of hands and one brain so I plan to set targets, work hard and have regular breaks to maintain my sanity! I don't have much else to report besides me trying to keep calm and battle onwards! I hope everyone had a good Easter - bring on the next bank holiday lol!

April 04, 2014

Continuing to try and keep calm and carry on….

Hi all,

Two weeks has passed since my last blog post and in all honesty I don't have much to report. I've reached a stage in my lab work where I have paused to focus on learning more about how to use the new program I mentioned in my last post. I reached a stage where this became a priority, but it has been very stressful! I don't know much about the program so I'm trying to work through tutorials but some of them are not that relevant to what I need to do which is frustrating as I understand them and not the processes I need for my data! It's difficult because you feel unproductive spending ages at the computer not getting very far and then being too distracted by it all to focus on something else.

Hence, today I've decided to shift focus onto other tasks as I start to become frustrated. I've also asked a colleague to step in and help me out, as my lack of experience in the area means I don't intuitively see what steps I need to take in what order with what software. I've also sent a few begging e-mails for help, so I'm hoping I can start to make more progress.

Wish me luck!

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