Weeks 145 and 146: Calmness after sending drafts

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.


My favourite Seafood linguine


Sunday morning tea


Rose lemonade for Monday motivation


Time to write – our Moleskine planners


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.


Received a surprise box of chocolate!


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.
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