Final submission. (yay!!)
Corrections approved. (yay!)
Doing corrections. (well…)
Given corrections. (probably)
Viva over. (viva passed!)
In the viva. (in flow, I hope)
Ten minutes before the viva. (………)
Day of the viva. (last minute nerves)
Day before the viva. (getting centred)
Weeks before the viva. (preparation)
Weeks before the submission. (finishing up)
And so on.
We can start at the end of the PhD and work backwards. You can start from today and plot forwards. We can get as detailed as we like, but have to acknowledge that we can’t know how everything will play out. Think and plan. Get a sense of the direction you’re going in.