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Happy Monday R Voice Family!

Shruti Turner
Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

Let's change the Monday narrative. What's something you're really looking forward to getting done today? Can we reframe those things we are dreading to do into the positive feelings we'll have once they're done?

For me: I'm aiming to get the difficult parts of my thesis corrections done, which I know will make my thesis stronger overall thanks to my examiners' comments. I have been dreading doing them for a week now (because I thought I was finished with my thesis!), but I know that getting through them will be a massive weight off my shoulders.

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  • Hong Ching Goh
    Hong Ching Goh Member Posts: 42 ✭✭✭

    Timely question @Shruti Turner I have just ended my 9-month sabbatical leave and reported to my department today. So this week is about catching up the department matters, which include upcoming semester teaching load and schedule, student intake, department's hosted conferences, and my sabbatical report! These are a lot to take but I can't complain especially I had a wonderful last 2 months of my sabbatical leave spent in a no-cost writing residency. I come back fresh and enthusiastic! Much of catch up and looking forward!

  • Raj sundaram
    Raj sundaram Member Posts: 322 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 2

    One word. Crazy. 🤯😅

    I'm still on my moving saga. Everything is going somewhat according to plan. But excruciatingly hard.

    Got my (in short notice) first shot last Friday amidst craziness and obviously, because of a lot of factors my body didnt do well. And I had an empty fridge. So...that happened. Amidst everything else that is happening. 🤯🤣

    How about you all...awaiting to listen to all your answers. Hopefully more peaceful stories. I'm yearning to post in RVoice some day that...hey I had a peaceful day today and didn't do much else besides eating and sleeping. That's my goal for now. 😅

  • Gustavo Arluna
    Gustavo Arluna Member Posts: 120 ✭✭✭

    Happy Monday and week, @Shruti Turner and R Voice family!

    I'm working on my thesis project, too. At the beginning it seems not so difficult but when teachers examine your project it becomes more and more complex. But we are in the right path (I said "we" because it's a group thesis).

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    Ah, what great timing. Welcome back after your sabbatical! I hope your return to your department is everything you hope it to be. It sounds like you have a lot ahead of you already.

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    Wow - crazy really does sum it up! I am sorry it's been a rough road for you. I'm going to focus on the positive of yay, first jab! Congratulations. I am hoping you're feeling better after the side effects...as someone who had them too I am sending lots of empathy and support!!!

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    Ooh, group thesis-ing sounds like a tough one..the input of all writing and then the teachers/advisors too. I have no doubt that's getting complex. I hope your Monday brought you progress and breakthroughs as hoped.

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 577 admin

    Happy Monday R Voice Family! (I know I'm a day late but it felt really nice to type that out 😊)

    @Shruti Turner thanks for starting this thread! Although I've never had to work on a PhD thesis, I can relate to what you're saying based on my experience writing my Master's thesis. Towards the end, I was so exhausted of just looking at different versions of the same document, that I was naming my files with "FINAL FINAL" and "PLEASE NO MORE" at the end 😂😅 Hope you're able to get this done soon! :)

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 577 admin

    @Shruti Turner for once, I'm not actually dreading anything this week. In fact, I'm quite happy with how work is progressing and the conversations I've been having. All this positivity could be owed to the fact that I have some time off coming up this week. I'm really looking forward to doing all the things I'm constantly encouraging others to do i.e. taking a guilt-free break, engaging in self-care, sleeping in, reflecting on my journey so far, spend time with loved ones, and just be ❤️

    P.S. I will certainly miss you guys though!

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 577 admin

    @Hong Ching Goh welcome back from sabbatical! Glad to learn that it was a positive, refreshing experience. And I'm sure everyone is thrilled to have you back 🙂

    Seems like a lot of catching up to do. I'm sure you already know this but I'd like to give you a gentle reminder - Just because you're back, you don't have to strive to get everything done ASAP. You don't have to "make up" for anything, so please try and pace yourself as you get into the swing of things and allow yourself breaks whenever you need them. I'm sure that falling back into such a hectic schedule can't be easy. Take care!

  • Gustavo Arluna
    Gustavo Arluna Member Posts: 120 ✭✭✭

    @Shruti Turner yes, it's tough but it's the way people use to work in society, in teams. So it's an interesting experience. I have very good mates, that really helps a lot.

    I couldn't progress as I wished on Monday. I hope Today I can advance more.

    @Andrea Hayward I hope you can miss us, soon. By the way, I also find hard to take a guilt-free break .

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    Whatever feels good, I am in support of!!


    "PLEASE NO MORE" sums up my feelings perfectly right now. It's crazy..I'm just being a perfectionist. I could have addressed my minor corrections in a day, but I wanted to make it way better than doing the minimum. Now I'm too far in to go back but I just don't want to do it anymore! I'm hoping a good solid work day today will get it done 🤞

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 577 admin

    @Gustavo Arluna WOAH! I'll be honest - this is the first time I'm hearing of a group thesis. What's it like? Seems like a lot of moving parts and could get complicated. Would love to learn more about how this works if you're happy to share :)

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    I love this so much - it makes me so happy to read this from you!! It's great to hear that you're looking forward to the week ahead. Please add in an extra treat for yourself for me. I'm sure I will feel the benefits :)

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    This is my plan for today too. We've got this @Gustavo Arluna! There's a reason we have multiple work days in a week...we can't achieve everything we want in a day.

  • Gustavo Arluna
    Gustavo Arluna Member Posts: 120 ✭✭✭

    @Andrea Hayward well, first of all it is a final project, that's the name of what I called "thesis".

    In our case, we need to design and develop a real electronic device, so we divide the total tasks in the group but we collaborate with each other at the same time. We have virtual meetings during the week for joining our individual parts, that involves design of circuits, programming, making a printed circuit board (handmade), etc. So it's challenging, but it's the way we are supposed to work in the industry or even in research institutions.

    Then we must write a manuscript explaining and containing all the information about the device, we should even do a user's manual. So, hard job for doing alone. That's why we must work in groups of between 2-5 people. We are 4 in my group.

    As I have to write that manuscript and make some research related to that project that's why I ended up in R Voice. 😊

    Can you guess where I saw the R Voice ad @Shruti Turner ? Using Duolingo 🤭

  • Gustavo Arluna
    Gustavo Arluna Member Posts: 120 ✭✭✭

    @Shruti Turner yes, at least a little bit day by day. We can do it! 💪

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 577 admin

    Thanks @Shruti Turner! This means so much to me ❤️ I'll try taking pictures over my time off (if I come across something worth snapping lol) and then I'll share them on here when I'm back.

    "Now I'm too far in to go back but I just don't want to do it anymore!" - I can fully relate to this. You want to give it your absolute best because that's what you've been doing all this while. So even a little slacking and your mind will go - but you went above and beyond for the other corrections, right? So why not this one? What if someone notices the difference? How will you even sleep at night (Sigh 😓)

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 577 admin

    Thanks for taking the time to explain this to me @Gustavo Arluna. I understand it a lot better now. This is definitely a full-fledged project complete with research, virtual collaboration, and several challenges I'm sure. I'm very grateful for this project because it brought you to us on the R Voice Community 😊

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    Ahh, your group thesis very much feels like an option we were given in our engineering course to do a group project and produce a report together. Gosh, I never liked them...always made me so antsy. I hope yours is going well!


    Yay - Duolingo knows you well!

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    That sounds wonderful! So excited for you.

    Your vocalised internal monologue is exactly what it feels. I won't be happy if I don't do it, but I'm not happy right now that I am doing it.

    Thankfully, since complaining about my thesis in my previous post to now I have made some good progress. Very grateful for my lists! Slowly, I've been able to tick off more and more. I'm grateful to my past self for making the decision to tackle the difficult things first. The list is going much quicker now! I'm sure it will be worth it after I'm done, but the journey through is not so fun!

  • Gustavo Arluna
    Gustavo Arluna Member Posts: 120 ✭✭✭

    Yeah, Duolingo not only knows me well, but is haunting me...so scary 😨

    By the way, @Shruti Turner I heard in your TEDx (😉) that you are an engineer. What specialization?

  • Hong Ching Goh
    Hong Ching Goh Member Posts: 42 ✭✭✭

    @Andrea Hayward Thank YOU for the reminder, much needed in fact. So far so good! hope to keep the momentum of happiness and lightness throughout the week! and the same goes to you.

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    Haha - yes...it's the sass when I haven't done my practice. Totally brutal from Duo there.

    I'm a biomedical engineer, I specialise in prosthetic sockets for lower limb amputations.

  • Gustavo Arluna
    Gustavo Arluna Member Posts: 120 ✭✭✭

    @Shruti Turner wow, biomedical engineer! I think you may need electronics engineers for those sockets as I saw in the pictures of your presentation. I think I should update my CV😏Haha, kidding. Don't worry, I will not ruin your project😅🤭

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 577 admin

    "I wont be happy if I don't do it, but I'm not happy right now that I am doing it" - This can be incredibly frustrating! Especially when the only person you have to be mad at for getting you into this mess, is yourself 😥

    So glad and relieved to hear that your lists are helping and that you're making progress. All of this hard work will definitely be worth it at the end, but I get that the journey is not so fun. How about filling your days with tiny treats and other things that make you feel great, just until the corrections are done?

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    You understand me so well!! I have to say, now I'm on the other side of it 1) they weren't as bad as I thought doing all that I wanted and 2) I am so glad I've done it. Granted it's only the draft and there may be work to do still, but it's shouldn't be loads more work hopefully.

    I like your plan of filling the day with treats...I usually do that to get through a bunch of work..but with my corrections I just did two long days and went with sitting there until I couldn't concentrate anymore or I was done. I think mental health wise I wasn't quite on my game and every time a little break turned into a huge one. I wouldn't recommend this approach usually, but for short term it was what I needed to get done.

  • Andrea Hayward
    Andrea Hayward Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 577 admin

    @Shruti Turner getting to this comment a little late. The 2 days at a stretch sounds really exhausting 😕

    I hope you're at the end of making corrections (even better, I hope you're done) and that your work days are a little more balanced this week. I also hope that you were able to rest up over the weekend and get the space and time to recover from those 2 days.

  • Shruti Turner
    Shruti Turner Member Posts: 342 ✭✭✭✭

    It was intense for sure, and a rough 2 days. However, I'm so glad I did it like that..it's what worked for me with the mental state I was in.

    My days are now totally the opposite and very relaxed. I had a productive end of last week and now waiting for sign offs and approvals. It's all good, just waiting for comments back from my supervisor on my corrections and then I will be free! I definitely feel well-rested now, thank you (and relieved that I don't have to do that again) :)