I keep idea books to help manage my creative process for the blog. I’ve worked through five volumes of these small books over the last couple of years, and every time I fill one I transfer unused ideas across.
There are ideas that I’ve had now for a long time and I don’t know what to do with them:
- A post written in the style of Dr. Seuss – a bit of a stretch from the haiku I sometimes wrote
- Seven Deadly Viva Sins – I like the title but don’t know what to do with it!
- Creating a crossword puzzle with viva-related answers…
- A post without our common fifth symbol of communication – a blog post all about the viva that does not contain the letter “e”
- 101 Short Thoughts About The Viva – a long list of tips, advice and reflections to consider…
Some of these ideas really amuse me – I just don’t know what to do with them. Others are ideas that I keep returning to but know they still need more work. I have hope but am slowly coming to the conclusion that I might never write the great viva-related crossword puzzle!
Despite not using these ideas, good and bad, I’ve written a lot for this blog. And despite not using all of your ideas, you will have done a lot for your research and thesis. You can’t do everything. Your examiners don’t expect you to do everything.
Coming to the end of your PhD, to submission, the viva or completion – at some point it helps to sit back and consider what you have not done. And as you do so remember that you have accomplished a lot. Accept that you might not ever achieve some of your research goals, that some projects’ potential might go unrealised.
You will still have done enough. You will still have proved yourself.