Working from home since the middle of March has truly destroyed any work-routines that I had developed. It means that I haven’t spent as much time writing as I need to and that my projects feel like they’re piling up, even when I make progress, because I’m not getting any sort of feedback from colleagues and advisors. In my program I’m used to having 2-3 opportunities a semester to present to all of the students in my subfield (Women & Politics). Without those deadlines and interactions my work is starting to feel totally isolated and isolating.
I feel an overwhelming need to start putting more thoughts and research into the world because the horrible state of the job market makes me feel like I won’t ever land that academic job. I don’t want my research or my knowledge to end with my dissertation. Perhaps sharing these tidbits will inspire someone to hire me!