Research is beginning to move from ‘a big thing which is hard to make time for’ to ‘a thing which can be broken down and gradually accomplished’. I have also become better at managing my day to day life, especially in acknowledging that this day to day life takes up actual time, and that this time is part of the overall way of thinking about time management – and that this is okay! It has been very good at helping me at once look at the larger picture while understanding that each piece matters. Very worthwhile. I very much like the way Vinita works. I am beginning to arrive at solutions myself, but this is the result of having been guided (subtly!) early on by Vinita She was quick to identify ways that I might usefully shape my days and weeks, all in light of a complicated life – yet I never, ever feel judged by what I have or haven’t achieved, or hurdles I have run into for one reason or another. It’s been a holistic process so far."
I really enjoyed the sense of openess and adaptability that came across. Other elements I enjoyed or found particularly helpful are: being able to integrate meditation as a tool; the fact that other, more personal elements were also responded to; talking about my work process and how to adapt it when necessary.
Vinita is an excellent listener, has a good knowledge of the working environment of Higher Education and its various pressures, and offers supportive and constructive advice.
Vinita's coaching helped me to get more control over my work, progress and well-being at the same time. Elements I enjoyed or found particularly helpful are: help with managing my workload; deconstructing issues or concerns to understand their source and be able to address them; help with productivity concerns
The coaching sessions have helped to establish a pattern of work and a commitment to specific times for my PhD research which has helped to prevent swamping by other demands. Helpful suggestions and an unbiased view are useful inputs to have, and it does not feel like any demands or absolute requirements are imposed. This works well as a style of coaching.
The coaching process proved to be an important platform for expressing certain concerns about the PhD supervision. I was able to get a second view on the matter - not so much on what to do but on how to approach the issues - and feel more confident about decisions that needed to be taken. Vinita's coaching style is spot on. She is careful in how she approaches a student but is also not afraid to express an opinion even though this may not be what someone wants to hear. I like the fact that there is no sugar coating on her observations (perhaps there is, but not too much!)