I am reading through all the supervision meeting reports I’ve made over the past two and a half years. It feels like reading another diary of my PhD journey, filled with lots of suggestions and feedback from my supervisors. 🙂
This enriches my motivation to write chapter drafts!
In a meeting, I write notes, and immediately after that, I type, on my Evernote, the things we discussed and almost everything I can remember, like a personal diary. It greatly helps to create a formal summary of the meeting, and also makes me calm and confident, like “I am on the right track, I am okay.” I’ve printed out the notes, and keep them on my desk with my research notebooks.
More and more, I feel that PhD students do have moments of achievement and relief from worries – a PhD journey is not always stormy. This, recognising the small accomplishments, is the key to continuing to work on a long-term project for years.