It’s the 7th day of the Academic Writing Month of November. I’ve been amazed at my ability to churn 1,000+ per day (although yesterday was just 500). I seem to have breezed through all the research I had accrued towards the chapter, for which completion is my goal for the month – and I find myself suffering from a deficit of research material to carry on.
This simply means I need to be flexible and admit that everyday can’t be for the Wordsmith, some days have to go to The Researcher. I’m pretty okay with this, as long as the goal of completing the chapter (and some other little writing commitments) are met.
I was just engaged in a discussion with colleagues, we were talking about the effectiveness of “working from home” as a PhD student. I am of the opinion that except you’ve succeeded in setting up a workspace in your home, away from your bed and the bedroom, you are setting yourself up for an unproductive day working from home. Yes, you may get some tasks completed, but compared to your colleagues who either went to the library, their offices or even a coffee shop – you would have done nada!
This is my opinion anyway. Do you work from home sometimes, how does that work for you?
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