The last few weeks have been exceptional.

But as with every other kind of novelty in life, things that not long ago rocked our world now start to feel increasingly normal.

As we get used to the practicalities of this new reality, we start to find our groove and get into a new routine. Sure, we don’t always get it right, but we’re adapting and it’s starting to feel more manageable.

This is slowly becoming the new normal.

And it’s an ideal time for emotional work.

It’s the perfect time to look inwards, and reflect on your recent progress – whether in your PhD or otherwise – the direction you’re headed and, more broadly, who you are.

It’s a time to reflect on what matters in life, on what you’re missing, on what you’re not, and on what pleasures you find in your newfound isolation.

Life has been stripped back to basics and many of the external routines and vices we relied on in day-to-day life have vanished.

In this version of our lives, it’s just us.

So this is the perfect time to really get to know yourself and understand what makes you tick, both professionally and emotionally, free from the trappings of modern life.

Doing so will be infinitely rewarding.

Good luck and have a great weekend.