Cogs and Wheels: The material culture of revolutionary China

March 27, 2008

It’s time I got serious…

Filed under: My research, Writing — amyjaneb @ 10:57 am

…with this PhD thing.  My recent lack of activity has been deplorable.  My anticipated end-date of September is quickly slipping from view.  So, I have made a few resolutions in an attempt to kick-start my brain:

1.  I will be at my desk and ready to work at 10am each weekday morning (I’ve already failed miserably!)

2.  Each morning will start with a 20min ‘free-writing’ exercise (this is it!)

3.  I will achieve at least three things from my ‘to do’ list each day, with a minimum of two being from the ‘pressing/high priority’ list, as opposed to the ‘low priority/ongoing’ list).

4.  I will work a minimum of four hours a day exclusively on PhD stuff (reading, writing, researching), finishing by 6pm each day.

To keep myself on the straight and narrow I have instigated a treat system.  For each day I achieve resolutions 2-4, I will put a £1 aside to spend in Primark.  😉

Will it work?  Only time will tell.



  1. Has it worked??

    Comment by w — September 9, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  2. To be honest? No. And my submission date has slipped to the end of Feb. But I am getting work done, if not as quickly as I would like. I’m giving myself little treats when I finish a chapter – that seems to be helping me to maintain motivation at present. 🙂

    Comment by amyjaneb — September 10, 2008 @ 9:20 am

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