Phd · PhD life · research

Time for review and reflection

At my University, it’s that time of the year where PhD students meet for their Annual Performance Reviews.  While some of the paperwork may seem like an unnecessary time waster, it’s actually been a worthwhile task for me.  Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck down in the day-to-day grind making you feel like a mouse in a wheel trying to reach some delicious cheese only to be kept feeling tired and irritable instead.

Taking the time to reflect over the past 12 months has given me a much needed boost.  To be honest, I feel quite proud of what I’ve achieved over that time and have given myself a little pat on the back.  With this new perspective and motivation, I feel confident in pushing forward into the next phase of my research.

As I look forward to the next 12-24 months, I give myself some friendly advice-

NOTE TO SELF: make sure you place some small reachable chunks of cheese for you to race towards so that you don’t tire out running towards the main wedge of perfectly aged Brie 😉

ADDITIONAL NOTE TO SELF: you’re not at all like a mouse, you’re more like an adorable bunny 🙂

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Don’t be a mouse! Original cartoon by ME 🙂  )
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