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 🙂