Post PhD submission boredom

I was warned by my supervisors that submitting a PhD is a big life adjustment… in a positive way, but nonetheless still an adjustment. You go from spending a ridiculous amount of time thinking about your PhD or feeling guilty for not thinking about your PhD, to not having to think about your PhD at all. I had two weeks of marking left when I submitted my PhD (on top of my full time job) so I think that was a good way to wean myself off of the 16+ hour work days. However, my supervisors were definitely right, it is a big adjustment. I have never been particularly good at being bored, my partner actually said “I think the one thing you are terrible at is being bored” and it has been a really long time since I have experienced guilt free boredom.  It is an odd and confusing feeling between submission and defense because you cannot fully relax (as there is still lots of PhD to do) but you are also free to relax. I am still working through these feelings and have so far realised a few key points;  Be kind to yourself- you have just submitted a PhD- be kind to your mind and body. Sit with your boredom-I have found that it is important to just sit with your boredom and get yourself used to the feeling of not having anything. You will be exhausted- […]

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Favourites; Mindfulness Planner

I got given the mindfulness planner for Christmas and it was such a lovely gift. The planner is made by the same people who create the wonderful Breathe magazine. The planner is an undated week to view with lots of additional pages including recipes, quotes, notes pages, and goal setting. It is a great little planner ! Check it out […]

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Favourites; Viva prep cards

My university is one of the first in Australia to introduce the verbal defence (Viva) aspect of the thesis, meaning that my PhD experience is more like many other countries in the world. My Viva is likely to be at the end of January / start of February, which is terrifying as it is only a month away now. A […]

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Did I sell my soul?

If you are a regular to my blog and/or Instagram page you may know that I started working in the industry as a project manager for a marketing and social research company. Recently when I meet people and tell them what I am doing now people jokingly say “oh you sold your soul and went into marketing”. This doesn’t offend […]

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Favourites; Sticky Chai Tea

Click here for a previous favourites post  Like many PhD students, I am a sucker for a good cup of tea and my current favourite is the Sticky Honey Chai from T2. Although, all of the T2 range is absolutely delicious. I DO HAVE AN AFFILIATE CODE WITH T2.com- YOU DO NOT PAY ANYMORE TO USE IT AND I GENUINELY […]

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Weird aspects of academia

Academia is such a weird place, filled with weird traditions, weird rules, and weird experiences…. Like the fact that not only do you not get paid when you publish an article, you actually have to pay to get it published. Like the fact that you get employed by a university and often a key aspect of your job is winning […]

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My Post PhD Submission Plans

One of the biggest questions you get asked after you submit a PhD is- “so what’s next?” For me the answer is both extremely straightforward and completely complex… As I started working full time six months ago, I am not in the job hunting stage that many post-phd submitters are in. I really enjoy my job and I am learning […]

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