First post of 2015!
2015…The year I will graduate!
This space has been a bit quiet lately (…my last post was in October!) – not for lack of anything to say …I always have something to say 🙂 I have been immersed in this last stage of my PhD journey…(and enjoying summer in Sydney!)
I have lots of writing to do. So I have been spending some quality time outside in the sunshine with my workspace. I have a stand-up desk complete with an anti-fatigue mat to stand on …though I am often sometimes a slouch on the couch with my laptop.
Recently I hung this beside my computer screen:
But I also posted this on my corkboard…as a reminder to stay focused:
I aim for long periods of sustained attention, but then…
Click above to watch the “Squirrel!” clip from the 2009 Pixar movie “Up”
Squirrel! …away I go on a new tangent.
Tangents, though off-task, can be productive (…and by productive, I mean producing more ideas and more work…) but I am at the stage in my program where I really do need to focus.
Like “Dug” the dog in the video clip, I am experiencing the weight of a colourful prehistoric bird: my dissertation.
Colourful – because I am passionate about my research
Prehistoric – well…it is time to finish and put this in the past 🙂
Bird – reminds me of a must-read for PhD students and all writers:
When writing, I have even had colourful birds visit!
…so instead of “Squirrel!” (in Canada) it’s “Bird!” in Australia 🙂
Below is a video clip of Rainbow Lorikeets on my balcony…what do you think…
Are they saying “write, write, write”?
…okay, maybe I am a bit sleep deprived and have had too much coffee…
“Bird by bird” …I will complete my dissertation in 2015!
…and according to “Thesis Whisperer” I can do this in “10,000 words a day” (?!)