It’s a lovely time of year, but looking back I felt a little blue reflecting on my work of the last twelve months.
The projects that stalled. The work that never went ahead. I had to cancel some sessions because of lockdown. The contacts that never followed up.
Then I reminded myself to reflect some more.
On all the sessions that did run – and there were lots of them. All the people I shared them with – and there were lots of them! I didn’t develop my new zine project, but I did share another year of daily blog posts. And I was asked to deliver a keynote talk for a conference, something that I was thrilled by and still smile about now!
If you aim high with your PhD then there will undoubtedly be times when you feel blue. When you prepare for your viva you will probably be reminded of things that could have gone better. The answer isn’t to set your aim lower, but to remember that for all the things that don’t work out as well as you hope there will be plenty that does. There could even be things that have greater results or impact than you imagined possible.
Beat end of year blues by focussing on the things that worked out well.
Beat end of PhD blues by preparing for your viva with a focus on your successes.