Recent doctoral thesis finishers Emma Kelly and Wendy Moore got together at the latest AUT Postgraduate Writers’ Retreat to collate their 10 top tips for working on a PhD thesis. ThesisLink is publishing their insights over two weeks in our latest blogging event: Finishers’ Wisdom! Enjoy.
Tip #5: Explain to partners the importance of being able to focus and have space even if they’re just being sweet enough to bring a cup of tea (and you look at them like they just slaughtered the puppies)
Even though our partners/housemates/whanau think they know what we are doing, in all honesty they really don’t, and they certainly don’t appreciate how challenging it can be to structure one sentence at times. We know they love us to pieces and they try to help alleviate the pressures of our thesis journey, but sometimes they add to the stress! It is so frustrating when you have been pondering over how to effectively capture your thoughts into a coherent sentence, when someone quietly wants to know if you are hungry or thirsty … or if there is anything they can do/get for you. Having that thinking space, that quiet room, is essential and particularly so as you begin to rework your thesis for submission. Trying to hold everything in your head takes a lot of concentration!
The tip: talk with those in your household about the need for seclusion when you are in your writing space – that means no interruptions would be appreciated.