It pays to be lazy.
We can’t all be productive all of the time. We can try to maximise our productive time, but we mustn’t forget the importance of doing absolutely nothing.
It’s a hard sell trying to convince a PhD student to do nothing for a while, particularly if they’re near to submission. But it’ll do you the world of good.
PhDs have a tendency to sap your energy. Like parasites, they can command all of your attention until one day, perhaps without even realising it, you eat, breathe and sleep your PhD.
The counterbalance to this is to drop everything, leave your desk, and zone out. We all do that in different ways. For some, it’s watching TV. Others want to be in nature. Whichever flavour of nothing you enjoy, this time away from the PhD is, in some ways, as valuable as the time spent working.
It’s during this downtime that you give your brain a rest, recharge your batteries and incubate ideas and problems.
So rather than feel guilty about being lazy, see it as a necessary and equally important part of the PhD. Without it, you’ll never succeed.
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