I’m fond of short questions. After a chance conversation in a workshop last month I’ve been reflecting a lot on “What could I do?”
“What could I do?” is, I think, at the heart of the research process. It’s the problem-solving question. “What could I do?” starts the journey, long or short, to the next step.
Need more feedback than you’re currently getting? What could I do?
Unsure if you’ll hit your submission deadline? What could I do?
Not feeling quite prepared? What could I do?
Examiner just challenged you with a comment? What could I do?
Around the end of the PhD, in preparation for the viva and in the viva itself, What could I do? is one of the strongest questions you could bring to bear on any challenge.
PhD done and looking for your next challenge? What could I do?
(What couldn’t you do?)
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