Has it really been a month since I added something to this blog for my PhD? I seem to have been chained to the computer and have ended up with sore eyes, so I need to be a bit smarter as to how I manage my time. Karen my supervisor, gave me some useful tips about time management as she was able to complete hers in four years and if nothing else save a year’s fees. However, bearing in mind that she has youth on her side, I realised that as my work is not competing with anything else such as a job, there is no reason I cannot do it within the same time frame. I also realised that I can’t keep slogging away every day, as apart from the fact I am getting more boring and self-centred than usual (!) I need to take at least one day off per week to rest and recharge and my brief holiday next month is something I’m really looking forward to for lots of reasons.
However, before then I’m busy right now trying to get most of my ‘Final Proposal’ completed as my first review will be around the beginning of November. Although this seems a long way off, the weeks seem to be flying by and I don’t want to spend my week away thinking I should be at home working. I also was lucky to find an old 1950s Rolleiflex twin lens reflex, medium format film camera, in a local camera shop for a really cheap price. So I want to try it out on the holiday as I haven’t used film for some time, and also want to see how the camera behaves! I also realised that the chemicals I have in my darkroom are also long past their sell-by date, so need to be replenished if I’m going to resume film and processing etc. again. Perhaps to have the distraction of occasionally being able to shut yourself away and develop and print would also be a good occasional distraction from computer work.
Other than that I was really pleased to see that blogs can have really positive results and have been contacted by Pippa, from a gallery in the north of England who is putting on an exhibition in October, featuring the lady who is the central focus of my research amongst others. I have been somewhat reluctant to say much online about what I am doing but as Karen previously advised me, that even if I discovered that someone else was doing exactly what I am researching, they would never do it in exactly the same way or cover the same things that I intend to cover. So onward and upward as the saying goes and looking forward to the next weeks of my PhD journey!