Yesterday I stressed the danger of letting the PhD control your life. Today I want to talk about what happens when it already does.
This happened in my own PhD. Without really realising it, I let the PhD consume me. It took over, to the extent that it crowded almost everything else out. My relationships suffered, my health suffered as I stopped looking after my physical and emotional well being, and my who world revolved around that damn thesis.
Sound familiar?
If it does, you may want to know what you can do to change the situation. Let me offer you one small piece of advice.
Take your thesis off of its silly pedestal. It isn’t as important as it’s making you think it is. Similarly, it doesn’t have to be 100% perfect 100% of the time. In places, ‘good enough’ will do. You’re allowed to have other interests, you’re allowed to take time off, you’re allowed to prioritise other things from time to time, and you’re allowed to see the thesis as just a job rather than a calling.
So stop revering it. Your PhD is a means to an end, not the end in itself.
Good luck.

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