Too much writing – week 22 as a PhD student

PhD Life

In the latest chapter of me doing a PhD is more of a filler chapter; the story has had a brief interlude where all I do is sit at my desk and write. If only all I did was write, that would have been a much better week; instead, I wrote for about 20 minutes and then proceeded to spend 10 minutes browsing the internet. I then repeated this for 8-10 hours a day, five days a week. I do actually enjoy writing; it is just very difficult to do it for days on end without getting burnt out; it is for me anyway. I am sure all my fellow students will have sympathy with this, and all those who are in a job that they are not 100% happy with; this is where relying on discipline is essential, as motivation is fickle and can often leave you alone for long periods of time.

I have been working on three different bits of work, my 6-month report, a paper I am writing, and a guest blog post I am writing for the British Nutrition Foundation. All of which, I am bored of looking at, this tends to happen to me with writing. I start out highly motivated; then there is a perfect negative linear trend in the interest in my work – we are talking a correlation of 0.999. I am unsure if there is a cure for this particular ailment, If you have one, please send it my way. One good thing about only doing writing this week is that I got to spend all my time at home, which is my preferred location, I am very hobbit-like in that sense. As for you dear readers:

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

As a side note, if there is a better work of fiction than the fellowship of the ring, I don’t want to know about it.

If you consider my time outside of my day-job, I did have an exciting week. On Tuesday I was in London attending a concert by Post Modern Jukebox, they are a group that became popular on YouTube for doing covers of songs on different musical styles. If you want to see Lady Gaga’s Bad romance performed in a Gatsby style, I suggest you check them out! They were perfectly enjoyable, and they did an excellent take on the main Harry Potter theme song, however, and this is true for any artist when they don’t play your favourite song you can only give them a seven out if ten max.

By far the most bizarre and comfort-zone-smashing thing I did this week was attend an American rock-and-roll dance class with my partner. We were both the worst dancers by far, I had never danced before, and my partner only had danced as a child. If there is one thing scarier than giving a presentation in front of many people – especially for an introvert – it is dancing, in public. It was one of those things we signed up to whilst slightly inebriated, but instead of just writing it off as drunken nonsense, actually going through with it. My partner and I were the youngest there by a good 20 years; she was only slightly less nervous than I was. However, as is normally the case when doing scary things, it was much more fun than scary. It was much harder than I thought it would be but this only spurred me on to get better, I will definitely continue with this. This is by far the biggest surprise of my life; I enjoyed dancing: sober! One of the problems with this, however, is now I have many extracurricular activities, I am starting to become a Jack of all trades and the master of…


Published by Louis

Spend less than you earn, Invest the surplus, avoid debt. Eat food, not too much, mostly plants

11 thoughts on “Too much writing – week 22 as a PhD student

  1. I recently started working as a receptionist I have 3 months and two weeks left to work since I am filling in for someone who went on maternity leave. But I have discovered that working an 8hour day job sitting all day is not something I see myself doing for long. Is it werd for me to feel this wayy, considering this is my first job? Or am I looking at this all wrong and need to change my perspective?


  2. I don’t mind bands that do covers IF they are done well.. but like you, I am less likely to give them a high mark if they are doing one of my favorites. I do like the PMJ version of Bad Romance though! It was well done!!
    Good for you for following through with your commitment, even if you did sign up for it while not 100% in charge of your faculties. You even had fun, which is awesome too!
    I can’t imagine what it would be like if I were committed to writing as much as you have to. Even though I love to write, I am sure I would be looking at a blank screen or surfing as well… Good luck with all of that! 😉


    1. I have been less committed as of late, but the kind of stuff I write is quite quick to do. It is not surprise though that the post that took me the longest to do is the most viewed and commented on.

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  3. “If there is one thing scarier than giving a presentation in front of many people – especially for an introvert – it is dancing, in public. ” Oh how a feel for you! Totally get this. The first time I tried swing dancing I wanted to cry. But now I love it!! And I totally relate to your writing difficulties. We all go through those whether for an article, thesis or book. I don’t have any magical answers. Just know you’re not alone in your struggles! Thanks for sharing. Your blog is funny and enjoyable as always.

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