I like reading “day in the life” type posts, so I thought I’d have a go at doing some of my own. I also thought it would be a good chance to show what I really get up to in some of my post-PhD pre-“real job” days (Hint: it isn’t lazing around and being ‘unemployed’!)
On with the first installment 🙂
9am – Woke up. Read emails and found that I made a sale on RedBubble (this means I get 17 pence). Drank a glass of cranberry and raspberry juice, got dressed, and then participated in a study on Prolific – this is actually a decent way to earn an easy few pounds every now and then. Today’s was about emotion recognition, and I learnt that I tend to rate surprised faces as being really over-acted.
10am – Breakfast: Granola with dried strawberries and a brazil nut (yes, just one…the rest looked weird)
10.15 – Violin practice. Tuning strings is the worst. My E string took me 4 minutes to get right-ish today – not helped by an alarm and a recycling lorry outside!
11am – Research for my music psychology project idea. I’m trying to dedicate some time on a regular basis to moving ahead with various research ideas I have despite having no institutional affiliation at present. Today I was trying to find a platform to collect data that allows participants to rate or categorise sounds. Then I got distracted and watched a BPS ‘Tips on securing your first job in academia’ video on youtube.
11.55 – Got ready to do an online tutoring session – this is my ‘main job’ and today I was teaching a student how to do t-tests and correlations in SPSS. As it was conveniently over lunch time, I ate (most of) my corned beef sandwich just before starting, and some graze honeycomb flapjack afterwards.
1.15 – Walk with the borrowed doggy. We walked for about an hour and played a ‘game’ which was really just me testing out how reliably the dog would run back to me when off lead in a long, fenced-off pathway!
3pm – Chill and change clothes – the walk was a lot warmer than expected!
3.30 – Dealt with emails from my PhD supervisor who expects very speedy responses on publication drafts. I’m currently working on two papers with two different people…one possibly more successfully than the other! Then some other emails. And got a headache.
4pm – More research time, punctuated by crisps and diet pepsi to attempt to attack the headache.
5.15 – Made and ate dinner (spaghetti with tomato and herb sauce and melted cheese), went to the supermarket for more food, then faffed around on social media for a while.
7.30 – Had a bubbly bath.
8pm – More music practice and watching TV.
10pm – A sudden realisation that I hadn’t finished all my prep for tomorrow’s teaching session…on with that!
10.30 – Reading a paper for the music psychology idea
11.45 – Getting ready for bed (and I still didn’t get to sleep until at least 12.45)