When working on the dissertation, it’s easy to get caught up in the feedback you get from other people. You continually assess if your topic is rigorous enough, your study well executed enough, and your results definitive enough. Some of this assessment is vital- you need a certain kind of research to successfully complete your dissertation. However, this isn’t the only kind of feedback to consider. Your own feedback to yourself is important. Do you feel you are doing your best work? If not, why not? What do you need to feel like you’re doing your best work? Are you feeling interested in the project? Are you feeling like your progress is self directed? If the answer to any of these questions is no, stop & figure out what you need to do differently from here on. Accomplishment is important, yes, but so is how you feel WHILE you’re accomplishing. You don’t necessarily have to suffer to complete this project. Check in with yourself now and then to improve this process for yourself. Your own feedback counts, too.