I work from home a lot. When I go to the kitchen and boil the kettle I like to dry any dishes in the rack; it feels like a good way to use the minute or so while the water gets to 100 degrees, and the time after that while the tea brews. It makes an incremental difference, less dishes to do later in the day.
While I think viva prep is best done in meaningful chunks, there are some tasks that can be done in a couple of minutes which can make a difference. Three examples:
- You can break down why a particular paper in your bibliography is valuable to your research.
- You can brainstorm keywords for themes in a chapter.
- You can carefully pick through a page looking for anything that seems vague or unclear.
None of these involve deep thought. None of them will take a long time. All of them can add a little something to how well you’re prepared.
As can staying appropriately caffeinated…