Pride and Productivity

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Reader, it happened. I submitted my PhD thesis.

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Confident Conferences, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Public Speaking

“Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.”

Jonathan Swift, Letter to a Young Clergyman

 

Full and lethargic from Christmas overindulgence, I am preparing to go back to work tomorrow. Specifically, I am preparing to get a 5.30 train to go to Oxford to deliver a paper to the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies annual conference. Continue reading “Confident Conferences, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Public Speaking”

Managing Multitasking

“Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing. ”

Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation

A PhD is not just the thesis. Ask any PhD student at any stage – except, perhaps, for the month or so leading up to their viva – and they’ll tell you that they’d love to spend more time writing the thesis, but they’ve got an article to finish, a conference paper to check, a book review to complete, and they’re behind on their teaching hours. Continue reading “Managing Multitasking”