It seems that a “summer update” didn’t actually make it to the internet; my bad. This summer was a roller coaster ride of house-renovations, PhD comprehensive exams, and a bit of fun, here and there.
Now that it’s officially the fall – in both seasonality and school semester – things are ramping up and the mood around Kingston has shifted. For me, the start of the semester was quiet, and low-key, a distinct change from the last two falls, where I began a masters degree (2012) and then my PhD (2013). With comps finishing right at the beginning of the semester, I was ready for a break.
There’s nothing stranger than vacationing when everyone else is hard at work; I guess it’s like and accountant taking a vacation in the middle of tax season. It’s guilt-ridden and looks selfish. But, I know it’s necessary to take a break after a long stretch of hard work. Rest is crucial to pressing on with more work, and I firmly believe in rewarding myself, when appropriate.
The task at hand is now a more complex one – and it’s one that every PhD student faces at this point – how do you accomplish all of the things you need to accomplish when you have all of the time in front of you and absolutely no structure imposed upon you?
I’m a self-professed scheduler, plan-maker and organizer with professional years in project management and event management, so I know I have skills that will help me out. But, much of what I need to produce involves copious amounts of writing. When people think about academics, they don’t always think of them as “writers” but, believe me, we’re all in the same boat, and writing a lot take a lot of time.
So I’ll press on, making plans and scheduling my time, and working towards productivity. After all, the work is really just beginning.
See you later in the fall (I hope).