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“It’s the sign of being in your second year, everything starts to look boring 🙂 It goes away in your third year when the prospect of having to put together a thesis starts looking very real and it sets fires under you” @BlackWidowJola

“Doing something you love doesn’t mean you’re going to love it and be excited by it every day. Sometimes the tedium catches up with us and it’s normal, PARTICULARLY at this stage of your PhD. Follow up question is: When is the last time you took a restful holiday?” @Sydonahi

“I think this is normal – or at least I experienced this. My solution was to find things I was excited about outside my PhD (volunteering, pursuing hobbies) and to reduce my hours for a few weeks. I felt reinspired & much more motivated!” @HealthPsychTam

“Sometimes boredom is an internal resistance to let you know it’s time to wrestle w the lens of your research. Tackling your internal qns is tedious and may only slightly alter the angle of your research but might be necessary to provide you w ownership and passionate focus.” @FindAhaMoments

“It’s normal to feel burned out, BUT five years from now you will be kicking yourself for quitting. Was a runner & getting up every morning was a challenge until finishing my run. Have minor ankle issue now, but once resolved, can’t wait to return. Get back on the academic track.” @LeckerMartin

“To be honest, I am bored all the time when doing research. Only new things excite me hen, I just work through the boredom. I don’t think research has to be fun all the time. In the end, it is just a job. You are not alone.” @Frauenchemie

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