PhD saga:

The applications have closed and yours truly shall await the results, which could come anytime in January or February.

And so I wait. I hate this limbo since there is nothing for me to do to impact the outcome. What's worse is that I am absolutely unmotivated to do anything else. Since this project is literally my dream, and despite how I'm trying to mentally prepare myself in case I don't get in, there's just something in my brain that goes like "nah. I just want this shiney thing. Just this and nothing else". So I don't even know what to do with myself.


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    That's okay, you're not the only one - I loose all my attention and motivation around the new years too.
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    Wishing you happy holidays and all the luck.

    Don't obsess on the results until you have them in hand though (easier said than done, I know).
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    For me what worked was the "completely unrelated short-term objective".
    So I decided to get rid of four kilos and the coffee stains on my teeth.
    Didn't accomplished it, but it surely kept me busy.
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    Good luck!

    I hate waiting. Never arrived to exams early, the discussion just made me anxious.
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    @NoMad If you have the time and resources, I'd recommend you take some time off, at least a week and go somewhere else to relax and get out of the anxious thought circle. 😊
    I'm sure you'll be fine!
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    > I hate this limbo since there is nothing for me to do to impact the outcome

    That's not true you could sneak into houses of PhD committee members at night and leave little notes on pillows reminding them to make a favorable decision about your dissertation. You could mention how lovely and peaceful their family look in the darkness of the night, and that you really love watching them sleep.

    That would either impact the outcome very positively, or very negatively, but it would definitely cause an impact!
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