After my first week as a PhD candidate I have one main, completely overwhelming, feeling. It is an uncertainty I have never felt before. It is possible that I have never felt this before because I came straight from undergraduate honours. Whilst undertaking my honours, I did feel a sense of urgency. But I never stressed if I didn’t think I hadn’t read ‘enough’.
That is this weeks struggle. The idea of how much work a day is ‘enough’. What constitutes good progress? How much should I be writing? How much should I be reading? How many workshops should I attend? Have I wasted my week?
I have the feeling that I will never know when ‘enough’ is. I wish I could say that I was comforted by this prospect. If anyone is reading I would love to know how you judge ‘enough’.