Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Day 2 Update

Short update today: I finally finished one section for the summary work I mentioned yesterday. Also sent the draft already and got positive feedback. So, I decided to nap today. lol.

Anyways, is it weird that I feel better doing this project than my own PhD project?

Nowadays, I've been listening to this female singer called Suran. She has this ethereal quality in her tone and way of singing. I'm liking this song, Winter Bird, although it's summer now here in Sydney.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Day 1 Update

I managed to finish to read about 22 field notes (plus a couple of interview transcripts), and pulled out some important points from them. This is for the urban infrastructure research project I was involved last year. The PI asked if I was interested in making a summary on the history of urban transportation in Jogja - which I gladly accepted. So, this has become one of my to-do-list until the end of this month.

So yey! Not so bad for the first day.

And oh, last week, I got my ethics approval for my fieldwork from my uni here in Sydney! Shortest time indeed! I submitted the application back in the second last week of November, and then got an e-mail for very minor revision early December, and then voila! I got the approval last Thursday!

Now, only need to translate my proposal to Indonesian, and then make another submission for a local university in Bandung. I should probably aim for before 24th December.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

71 Days of Productivity Challenge

Nine months have passed since I moved to Sydney - doing this PhD thing. A mentor just told me, that my 'resting bitch face' and social anxiety issue has made many people misunderstood me. It's really nothing new. People have told me that since a hundred years ago. Haha.

Lately, I've also been feeling like I haven't done much for my study, and I felt less productive than I have ever felt before. I have a fieldwork plan next year (maybe end of February), and before leaving for Bandung, I have to finish 2 manuscripts based on my literature review. Not an easy feat considering how long it took me to produce a single manuscript. I also still have some previous works I need to finish based on previous research I was involved in. I also said yes to a part-time job during Chrismas break (still related to a research I was involved in last year). In brief, I have so many things to do before I can immerse myself in the field (that's something I need to worry about later on).

So, what I am going to do here is to post each and every single day to share what I manage to do during the day. It can be me writing a paragraph for my manuscript, or me finishing a section for a summary job I was hired to do. Or even me reading and annotating an article or two. Anything productive.

I'm recording this here as a motivation for myself really so that when I look back, I know how to be responsible for my own life. And if anything ever goes wrong, I know how to fix it.

I will start this tomorrow (December 19), and will stop on Feb 28 -- hopefully, by then, I will have finished those two freaking manuscripts.