On the day following my birthday, I sent the draft chapters to my supervisors. The revision of Chapter 5 is now done, and Chapter 6 is halfway through.
When sending draft chapters, I always have mixed feelings with a sense of achievement ‘I’ve accomplished my goals for this month!’, a touch of guilt ‘I could’ve done better research’, and a strange calm ‘I do not want to think about anything now’.
My writing habits have become much more consistent in the third year of my PhD. I write every day, but it’s still at a slow pace. Occasionally I read through what I’ve written and feel like it’s all rubbish. The deadline is fast approaching. I’ve carried on with writing the discussion chapter while knowing that I don’t yet have an absolutely clear vision of the points. I have simply tried to be faithful to my data.
We’ll have a supervision meeting next week, which will be the last chance to see and talk to my second supervisor. I will really miss her. Maybe that’s why I’m feeling the guilt that I could’ve done more writing.
From now until the meeting, I’m having a little bit of relaxation time, recharging myself, tidying up the house, and enjoying cooking meals.
The milestone birthday
By the way, I turned 40! The final week of my 30s was dedicated to writing my thesis every day, and I was simply glad to be where I am today. Luca and I had planned a perfect birthday weekend, which I am going to review later.
My achievements in Weeks 145 and 146
- Sent my supervisors the completed draft of Chapter 5 and working draft of Chapter 6.
- Had lovely celebration meals for my 40th birthday!
Goals for Week 147
- Have a formal meeting with my supervisors.
- Work on Chapter 6.
- Bake a cake.