Monday, 22 September 2014

Goodness from the Internet - Boost your Productivity

So I was about to start on a tomato (otherwise known as a 25-minute bit of work), but instead I am going to share with you something which someone has recently shared with me, and which I think is going to make this tomato the best and the most effective ever.

Here is an amazing article based on the blog of Cal Newport about boosting your productivity (we've seen his blog mentioned on here before) :

And here's one specifically for PhD students - this is what I am using today to motivate me to get started:

Good luck, everybody!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Cloud Nine Hath Graduateth

I went down to the student print shop, where I’d sent my thesis to be bound. One final hard-bound copy, to be delivered to the University library.

I was only stopping by to pay for the thesis. The place binds it and then takes care of the delivery, so you don’t have to worry about it. 

Still, I did just have to ask…

‘Could I just, like, hold it?...’

Four years of work, and forty-odd pounds to produce the library copy, I would kind of like to at least run my hands over the shiny hardback covers.

It was first thing in the morning and the person I had been emailed the thesis to was not there. The guy scratched his head, looked around, checked some shelves, picked up a few theses, in their crisp, fresh binding; looked at them, put them down.

‘No, sorry,’ he said. ‘Can’t find it.’

‘That’s OK’, I said. And I left without ever seeing the finished thesis. I felt a little cheated.

But it’s OK, because the following day I Graduated. I pranced around in a colourful, medievalesque gown. I smiled all day and posed for many photos. By the evening I had lost my voice; probably something to do with screaming with delight throughout the day. Had to resort to mime throughout dinner to express my feelings (which wasn’t hard, given that the main answer to everything was ‘yes, I don’t care, I’m deliriously happy’.)

Graduation was fabulous. I urge you all to have one. Don’t even think about skipping it. Fork out the money, rent the plumage and celebrate with your nearest and dearest. Because you're worth it.

(Because I'm worth it... Cloud Nine does a twirl in her PhD robes)