I have seven months to go until the end of my PhD and I can feel the pressure. The other night my partner told me that I kept saying ‘hair follicle’ in my sleep and I also woke up several times at 4am thinking it is time to go to the lab. At the moment I have mix of emotions and for some reason I slightly lack motivation to continue my PhD, even though I have tons of work to do. I also need to sort out my future and look for jobs.
Anyway, I thought I will share with you what is happening in my PhD world.
Fear of not having enough – I have been thinking and organising my thesis for a while now and the best advice I can give is to do results presentation of all data you generated in your PhD, to visually reflect how much you achieved. However, I still get that fear I have not done enough or something doesn’t make sense. I need to keep reminding myself that I done good job and lock that fear.
Lack of motivation – This might sound a bit strange, but recently I just don’t have strong motivation to keep going. I felt like I reached that stage when I am tired of my own work and repeating same things over and over again. I am sure this is temporary and I am also blaming cold and grey days, but I seriously need to get my PhD MOJO back pronto!
Confusion – My dream for a while has been to work in cosmetic industry and I know it is my big goal, but sometimes I am confused whether I can fit in or even find the right job for me. I think it is normal to be slightly confused and maybe don’t have enough confidence at those final stages of PhD, but thanks to wonderful person next to me, he doesn’t allow me to give up.
Overall, I am beyond excited to finish my PhD and start new chapter in my life, but at the same time I need to focus and move any bad emotions away. I believe once spring is here and everything is blooming I will be back to old myself, motivated and ready to create the best shampoos in the world (I am still a big dreamer!).
Let me know what struggles you get during final stages of your studies or in general any work. Any advice how to push away those bad emotions?
Have a wonderful day xx
I am Laura, 26 Lithuanian living in Manchester. I spend my days in the lab working on hair follicles and in the evening I share my love about hair cosmetics and how to have beautiful hair!