Recently, all my supervisors and I came together to discuss the direction, planning and work-in-progress of my PhD. While knowing that my supervisors are good people and would have notified me earlier if something really wrong was going on, I still have been dreading this meeting. Why? Because I felt I would be ‘outed’ as having done nothing relevant over the past year. Even though I know bloody well I have… but somehow it didn’t feel like enough. I still feel like a slacker.

The outcome of the meeting was quite positive, but now there’s a rather ambitious planning and if I can’t stick to that I might feel like I’ve let everybody down (again).