That Valley!

There seems to be a phase that most PhD students go through. It is called the Valley of Shit. According to The Thesis Whisperer “The Valley of Shit is that period of your PhD, however brief, when you lose perspective and therefore confidence and belief in yourself. ”
It seems that I’m in there right now. I don’t know why this is happening now. But even physically I feel drained. And while I didn’t think of quitting I’m questioning my ability to finish this PhD.
One of the reasons I seem to struggle with my PhD is that my career feels like it stopped. I’m inside a cave. My peers are moving ahead with success and production while I’m stuck with my research and moving at the speed of a slug.

I also find myself too aware of my age. Though I’m in my mid thirties, I keep on feeling that I don’t have time to do other things that I want to do with my life. I know that is not true and that age is just a number and all of that fancy talk. But I can’t help feeling this.

The other issue is the lack of gratification through out my journey. I don’t know if I’m doing well because there are no measures for that. I haven’t submitted to any journals because I haven’t written much. I submitted to two local conferences and got one rejection and one acceptance. But that is about it.

So here I am giving some reasons to why I’m in that valley yet what I don’t know is how to get out of here. Maybe the best at the moment is to keep on going and walking and hopefully I will be out soon.

Wish me luck!

The writing curse

So I’ve been silent and the blog seems to fade out.
The reason why I started this blog is to force myself to write more. I don’t know how come that I’m feeling more and more uncomfortable writing. It is really becoming a curse. I find myself reluctant to write in my research let alone to write in my blog.
However I’m still not giving up and will continue to give it a go. I will try to post something else by the end of the week. Till then, let the curse begone!



So here I start yet a new blog. This is the sixth one I start. Out of the previous five, one remains active but I’ll tell you about it some other time.

The reason why I decided to start this blog is because I want to train myself to write better.

Right now I’m doing my PhD in Design and soon enough I have to write a whole thesis and since I haven’t been writing properly for a long time now I really need the exercise.
But also because I’m researching I find myself reflecting more and more on things that I read, come across or see. So getting it documented felt like the right thing to do.

So here we go. My newest attempt at blogging. May it prove to be helpful to me and to others.