So, without futher ado, here are the Top Three Lessons I Learned from the last term:
1) Don't mess with a good thing. You see, I came into Michaelmas Term with great expectations for myself. I decided that since the DPhil is rather unstructured, I would track all the hours I was putting in, so that I would know if I had done enough or not. Of course, I think I only counted one week that term in which I worked "enough" but I always knew how much I was working, whether or not I was having a really slack week, etc. Hilary Term, I let the hours-tracking slide, in favour of being "goal oriented." This was a bad idea. To this day, I have no idea how much I worked in Hilary. I suspect it was rather less than in the previous term.
- Goal for Trinity: Track hours again!
- Goal for Trinity: Write a bit most days. Do not fear the writing and put it off - that just increases stress.
- Goal for Trinity: Keep more regular hours. Try to put in something like 9 to 5 days, so that evenings and weekends can be guilt-free.