The Comfort Pursuit

‘ENOUGH’- The importance of limit-setting for writing

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“(…) limit-setting means learning to . . .

1. ​Start writing before you may feel you’re ready.

2. ​Finish writing before you may feel you’re ready.

3. Know when you’ve done enough with your writing project.

Knowing when you’ve done enough or that you can begin without over-preparation is a critical skill in writing efficiently and painlessly. Without this kind of knowing, writing problems loom at the ready. Without limit-setting, professors expose themselves to an especially insidious kind of stress–of never being able to leave campus feeling they’ve done enough.”

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On PhD outcomes

But if I had to name the very best outcome of the PhD (besides being greeted with ‘Welcome back, Dr Mewburn’ while boarding aeroplanes) is that I am not afraid to appear stupid. When I discover my ignorance, I know how to fix it. I’ll just research the shit out of it. People should fear my mad skills of research.

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Job vs Career

‘A job is what you do for other people. A career is who you are’, Mark said. He told me that a career mission is driven by a desire to solve a particular set of problems. Your job is just whoever happens to be paying for you to do your mission at any one time. A career potentially spans many of these mission oriented jobs.

Inger Mewburn (The Thesis Whisperer), in How to be an Academic