I decided this week to take a step back from the research and wait and watch patiently. Doing research can overwhelm you and start to invade your every thought, and this is especially so when it overlaps with your practice. The first few weeks of the data collection was intensive, with sampling and invitation emails, planning and testing interview procedures and doing my first data collection, alongside my usual work commitments which included online tutorials, so I needed to make some space to reflect on what was happening. Besides which, my regular students need my help to settle into their modules and they are my priority. So I spent the week absorbed in forum discussions and communicating with students in tutorials and via email.
I'm happy about this. I am up to date with my teaching workload and feel that I am beginning to establish good relationships with my students. I have a clear and achievable plan of what needs to be done over the next few weeks, both from a work and research perspective. Next week I will review my recruitment approach and look at how I can make my research as flexible and inclusive as possible for my students with mental health challenges.