When I get busy I think of donuts. Why, you may ask. Well, it goes back to some advice a tutor I had as an undergraduate student passed on to me. His sage words were, “as you go through life, whatever be your goal, keep your eye on the donut and not on the hole.”
As postgraduate students, how often do you get asked, “how’s your PhD going?” or “when are you going to finish your Masters?” I guess, like me, your stock response is along the lines of: “it’s going” / “I’m not sure when it’s going to finish” / “I’m just too busy and trying to do too much.” In other words, I’m “balls deep in work with little chance of getting out with my original hair colour.” I argue that busy is a sickness. It may be invisible to passers-by, but it’s definitely one that has repercussions on your mental and physical health. The great news for me is that I’m not alone. Everyone, in the same boat as me is just as busy—most people are trying to do too much in the same finite hours. To make matters worse we are probably trying to do too much of the wrong thing.
In the first phase of my postgrad life I had to learn the hard way that being busy doesn’t mean forsaking one part of your life for another. It’s about striking a balance. You can have it all. I’m still learning balance. I don’t think I’ll ever get there completely. But, I realise now that with the right support systems and plenty of donuts (preferably iced) I can do whatever I like.
I guess, what I’m saying is that as a postgraduate student, motivation is important; as is recognition of the need to relax, smell the roses and enjoy the journey.
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