Quick Take: The Dip Explained Using Famous Five Chapter Titles
A couple of months back, I wrote about The Dip—the difficult, depressing period you encounter when doing anything substantial. I recently found a delightful Twitter thread by @HarrowerSophie where she documents her PhD journey through titles of chapters of Famous Five novels. Look at some of these tweets and you’ll recognize the dip:
It starts of great
You make quick progress:
Then the dip starts:
The dip has much emotional turmoil:
And you feel like this project has been a disaster:
and only later do things start looking up:
I guess Sophie is still not done with her PhD so hasn’t yet reached the final part of the curve (the “plateau of productivity”) but she will.
I know this newsletter is supposed to be full of long paragraphs of text that feel like homework to read. Hopefully, we’ll be back to something like that next week.