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September 24, 2013

PhD meetings

Meetings.......I find them helpful but also slightly stressful!

On the one hand, they give me the information I need to make progress in my research (so they are a necessary evil!).

On the other hand, I have to spend time preparing for them, checking I know the information I need to know, deciding what to bring to the meeting, what topics I need to discuss and what outcomes I want.

Then there is the after meeting feeling.......for me this is a mixture of:

- a mind buzzing with everything we discussed that I now need to write down while it is fresh in my mind and start planning work based on it.

- relief that the meeting is done and I can get back to my work.

- a sense of wondering why I was nervous about the meeting as it all went fine.

-tiredness after preparing for and having the meeting, after which there are a few minutes thinking about all the work that still needs to be done!

I can't moan though, meetings where you don't contribute anything you usually don't gain anything from attending, so having a meeting today has reminded me why it's important to have them and prepare for them to make the most out of them!

How do meetings feel for you?

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