Defeating Writing Distractions
PhD students have quite a bit more flexibility in their working day. Sometimes, too much flexibility. What makes it worse is that there are so many sources of distraction around me. I easily use it as an excuse to delay writing my thesis chapters. There’s making sure I am on top of current events and […]
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Where to Live ?
As 2019 draws to a close, and I’m as unorganised as ever, I rapidly need to decide on where I’m going to live. Everyone is different, but there are a few key things I want in my accommodation.
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PhD Self-Care Project: Body Awareness Exercise
Our bodies often tense up when we feel stress or when we are feeling anxious about something. One of the first things that I do is acknowledge the feeling and try to identify what the exact feeling is. Is it stress? Is it fear? Is it lack of motivation and procrastination? Normally, I find that […]
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PhD Self-Care Project: Valuing Support
‘A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could, because someone else thought they could.’
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PhD Self-Care Project: Thinking Distortions
Most of us postgraduate students find ourselves caught in particularly stressful periods in our candidature when we’re more susceptible to distorted thinking. These may be around formal milestone dates such as the Major Review and Annual Review, or when we’re waiting for a decision on a journal manuscript or an ethics application we’ve just submitted. […]
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PhD Self-Care Project: Being Aware of my Coping Mechanisms
I am currently in a bit of a transition in my candidature. I have been working many months on a draft of a journal manuscript and have addressed the final comments of my supervisor. Yay!
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Lighten the Load and Let Go
One of my mid-year resolutions was to be active once again. In addition to working out in the gym, I’ve actually been walking more and taking every opportunity to take the stairs instead of the lift. Keeping to my goals has been made easier as my colleagues have committed to going for a walk or […]
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Minimizing Distractions and Peer Support
It’s the end of June! That’s half the year over! Where did all the time go? Did I accomplish anything the past six months?
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Five of the Best Legal Films Ever Made
I think a big part of why I decided to study law is due to the influence of all the legal films I’d watched growing up, which regularly featured thrilling trials, witty banter between lawyers, and the dramatic uncovering of evidence that would help to blow the case wide open. So, what better way to […]
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Taking Care of Yourself is Hard
After having someone watch over you, take care of you, and guide you through adolescence, it can be hard to learn how to take care of yourself as an adult. You are left to make your own decisions, figure out all your own issues, get your work done, and stay healthy on top of that. […]
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