My pledge for AcWriMo

Big writing time in November 2010

Most of us have heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where you go crazy writing and aim to churn out 50,000 for a novel in November. I have been aware of it for the last couple of years and I thought it sounded like a really cool idea. Now there are a whole lot of variations on the theme, including one more relevant for me, which is AcWriMo – academic writing month. Continue reading My pledge for AcWriMo

Rocking the Pomodoro

I came across the Pomodoro technique from John Birmingham via Twitter (where I seem to find all of my good ideas these days).

I liked it because it fitted well with a workshop I had just completed about self-sabotage and writing, and how beneficial snack writing could be (as opposed to binge writing).

I duly re-tweeted about this fruity little number on #phdchat, and Thesis Whisperer picked it up.

Then this twitter conversation happened last week, and the Pomodoro playlist was born!

I don’t like music all of the time when I am writing, but there are some Pomodoros that need every bit of encouragement you can muster.

There are more IT-minded boffins around than me who can show you how to make a playlist, and it’ll depend on your library. I used a Smart Playlist on iTunes.

My only hints are to skip genres that won’t rock you. For me that is comedy, holiday and children (I have wayyy to much Wiggles in my library). I’ve also found that it will err on the side of caution, so I make my list 26 minutes – just to squeeze every drop of tomato-ey goodness out of my time.

What’s your rockin’ Pomodoro got in it?

No, Minister! Olympic medals won’t get us off the couch

Photo: Boris Sosnovyy, Shutterstock

Following Mark Arbib’s resignation as the Federal Minster for Sport earlier this month, The Age published a farewell message.

The article’s four main topics were: sport’s ability to transform lives, funding of elite sport, the need for a national curriculum for sport and the ongoing challenge to uphold the integrity of sport.

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The yes whens and no buts of finishing your PhD

Before starting a PhD myself, I remember attending a lot of drinks to celebrate various and often baffling milestones of colleagues’ candidature: being accepted and/or getting a scholarship; confirmation (which always sounded Catholic to me); thesis submission; examination; and finally, graduation. I didn’t really think too much about it – I was happy enough to go along to the drinks. Continue reading The yes whens and no buts of finishing your PhD

Six reasons why doing a PhD is the same as being a parent

My Research Assistant and Thesis Babies

1. Sleepless nights
Both will give you a super hero-like resistance to fatigue that you would not have thought was previously possible.

2. Good organisation skills never go astray
There is little difference in the skills required to have 400+ journal articles filed with consistent naming conventions and getting to swimming lessons on time every week.

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Reflection on #SMAANZ 2011 – the value of tweeting from a conference

#SMAANZ Conference Twitter feed

I have been both a Tweep and an attendee at the conference of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (#SMAANZ) since 2007. I have been itching to have a go at combining the two after watching others tweeting from conferences. I had a bit of a go in 2009, but it was only @GeoffSchoenberg and I, so it was a bit lonely. This year there was a critical mass of tweeps in attendance.

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Four reasons why doing a PhD is the same as being pregnant

Just about to submit
The last picture of the twins “on board” – one month before I submitted my PhD thesis

Having had three babies during my candidacy, I feel reasonably qualified to comment on the commonalities between confirmation, confinement and completion.

1. Everyone is asking you when it’s due
Have you submitted your thesis? Are you a doctor yet? Have you had those babies yet? Finishing a pregnancy is probably more obvious to spot, but don’t think I won’t be sharing either of these things with you. Repeatedly.

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