I know recently it’s not exactly been #dailyphd but hear me out. I’ve been away, working and on holiday. Before that I was in my final few weeks of lab work. My plan was always to get lab work finished before I went away for this trip, but I also had to prep for the trip. GENIE is the outreach arm of the Genetics department and we were invited to deliver a one day session, as part of a week long summer school event, at my old secondary school. This day included two different practicals which I had to prep for so it took up quite a lot of my, already very limited, time. Anyway the day went really well, we delivered a programme we’d never done before to a group of 30 A-Level students and we managed not to run out of anything (which is the biggest challenge when you take practicals out to students rather than them coming to you). To sum it up, I had some seriously busy weeks, but at the end I had a few days holiday to relax. I did manage to get my main experiments done before I went though 🙂 .
I arrived back home last Thursday and on Friday I went to our usual weekly group meeting. I presented my most recent results and of course ended up with more to do … What this means is I’m currently splitting my time between lab and writing at home. Yesterday I went to the lab in the morning but left at lunchtime when I’d finished what I needed to do (which ended up being more than I’d planned once the boss found me …, notice a pattern?). I came home in the afternoon and did a few hours writing. That’s right, the first thesis words were written. I banked ~1000 words yesterday, which I was pretty pleased with.
Today there was no need to go to the lab. Instead I settled down at my desk in the spare room and I wrote another 1000 words. All these words are part of my methods chapter so it feels a little like cheating. It’s the easy place to start, but they’re still words that need to go down on paper, so I’m still happy that I’ve started. Soon I’ll need to get on with one of my results chapters as this needs to be submitted as my third year report at the end of the month.
With the shift to thesis writing I think some changes might need to happen with DailyPhD. I doubt you want to read a (hopefully) updated word count every day and not a lot else? The timing of my posts is mostly likely going to change, as well as the frequency, but I’d love to know your thoughts. I’m enjoying the process of being at home for now, do you want hear about that? Do you want a daily update of how I feel about writing and my own productivity? Or would you rather a weekly update and general mood analysis? Thoughts, opinions and ideas are all welcome, feel free to leave them in the comments (or tweet them to me).
Thanks for bearing with me during the break, until next time, thanks for reading.