Monday Mornings

Monday mornings are the hardest! Trying to get a sense of what I need to do this week and trying to be productive, as in get something done. After getting a sense of what I need to do, I feel overwhelmed. Of course, now I can’t concentrate and it’s become hard to get anything accomplished! Anyone else have similar struggles with Monday mornings, especially for people who are working at home? Maybe a solution is getting out of the house, one might say. But been trying to do that but hard to do that this morning! Monday mornings are the hardest!

Shout out to – Philosophize This!

Discovered podcasts by Stephen West on Philosophize This!  He has a 5 part series on Gilles Deleuze and it is excellent!  His explanation is clear, easy to understand, and he argues for the relevance and significance of Deleuze’s ideas. So so good!

Deleuze’s concepts – shift of focus from being to becoming, affirming existence in terms of difference, concept of machines instead of substance, and importance of the interconnectedness of events over identity –  are explained by Stephen West in clear way that captures nuances and complexity of ideas.  I am really impressed.

I recommend listening to all 5 podcasts in order, but if you only have time for one or have background knowledge of Deleuze, you could work your way backwards.

Thank you, Stephen West for your amazing podcasts on Deleuze!  And how about some future podcasts on affect theory???

Gilles Deleuze – Difference pt. 5 on Philosophize This!

Gilles Deleuze – Flows pt. 4 on Philosophize This!

Gilles Deleuze – Anti-Oedipus pt. 3 on Philosophize This!

Gilles Deleuze – Immanence pt. 2 on Philosophize This!

Gilles Deleuze – What is Philosophy? pt. 1 on Philosophize This!

ideas to jump start one’s studies

For a rainy day, this is a note to myself, and in case others might need fresh ideas to jump start one’s studies… I have listed things that help me to build momentum in my academic work. This list also works for sermon preparations. 

Please share your study habits that work well for you!

This list is what works well FOR ME. But might be helpful to others…

Study tips for reading and writing
* exercise regularly
* eat healthy all the time!
* mood regulation – whatever you need, for me, this means no drinking 
* sleep regular hours
* meditation – to help you focus and “declutter” your mind
* journal
* study at same time, same place – build a habit of studying
* start study time with prayer!
* take notes and highlight along the way while reading – quotes are helpful, but summaries are better if planning on writing paper later. 
* make notecards of important chapters or book
* start writing paper with notes, summaries of readings (blank screen paralyzes me so I just put something down on the page!) 
* create and maintain support of friends who cheer you on and friends you can cheer on in some way
* close web browser, and keep closing it!
* Pomodoro app – 25 min study, 5 min break (sometimes this helps me to keep studying, sometimes I use it to make sure I take breaks!)
* take breaks!
* celebrate accomplishments!

How to get out of a prospectus-dissertation-writing funk

I got some great advice about how to get out of a Prospectus-Dissertation-writing-funk/rut.
– Do something everyday that pertains to the Dissertation, optimally at the same block of time.
– Tackle easiest task first to get back into things.
– If not able to write, then read something pertaining to dissertation to stay connected to topic of Dissertation. The reading could motivate or inspire you to get back to writing your Dissertation.

PhD – I think I can do this!

Written when I was – Currently working on revising Prospectus. Framing things in terms of things I already accomplished is helpful, When I was preparing to take a 6 hr comprehensive exam, I approached it like preparing to teach two 3 hr classes! So, writing and revising a prospectus is like working on the Comprehensive Exam proposals. And each chapter of the Dissertation is more or less like a paper and also like a comp exam. My goal was to prepare 6 weeks for each comprehensive exam. So if I approach writing each chapter of my dissertation like preparing and taking a comprehensive exam, I think I can do this!

Dissertation committee insight

Don’t choose a “safe” dissertation committee. Choose committee members who see and believe in the potential of your work! Never knew how important working with dissertation committee members are to stretching your own creativity and vision! So thankful.