A Bank Holiday PhD Craft Project.
You need a jar, some small pieces of paper and decorations: fun stickers, labels and so on.
Stick a label on the outside that proudly says, “I, Future Doctor insert last name here, am Awesome!”
On the pieces of paper write things that have been awesome during your PhD so far, one thing per slip. When have you succeeded? What have you done that has been cool? When did you get the right answer? When did you master a skill or process? When did you make a breakthrough? When did you do something well? When did you feel proud?
Put all the slips in the jar, and put the jar somewhere prominent in your workspace.
From now on, when you do something awesome, write it on a piece of paper, add it to the jar and shake it up.
If you find yourself having a tough day, feeling unsure, losing confidence – particularly close to submission or the viva – take a slip out to remind yourself how great you are.
Because you are great. You have to be, to be doing this.
You don’t get to submission and the viva without filling your jar full of awesome.
(big thanks to an idea I read in Tim Ferriss’ Tribe Of Mentors for this post!)