This week we are welcoming back the marvellous Allan Kilner-Johnson!  Allan is mindfulness meditation teacher alongside his work as a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research at the University of Surrey.

Allan talks us through the importance of the process of review within his own academic life.  We talk about how academia can be very forward-focused and how a lot can be gained from taking stock of the previous work and experience.  Allan draws on Kolb’s experiential learning model to illustrate how review sits within a productive work cycle.

We talk about how it can be important to create moments of reflection for yourself within the PhD journey and how this time of year can be a particularly useful moment to look back at the past year in order to prepare yourself for the year ahead.

Allan and I are co-facilitating a review of the year for PhD researchers on 21st December.  This will be an online event supported by a bespoke workbook.  You can find out more here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/180825422707

You can connect to Allan here:



Here are the links to the publications mentioned in the episode:

Daily Greatness Journal: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daily-Greatness-Journal-Minimalist-Productive/dp/B08VBH5MLZ/ref=sr_1_3?crid=XDES0HRB3LSW&keywords=the+daily+greatness+journal&qid=1638796471&sprefix=the+daily+greatness+%2Caps%2C174&sr=8-3

Legend Planner: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=legend+planner&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

6 Minute Journal: https://www.amazon.co.uk/6-Minute-Success-Journal-Motivation-Mindfulness/dp/B08HZBTK2Q/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=6%2Bminute%2Bjournal&qid=1638796535&sr=8-6&th=1

Goodbye 2021, Hello 2022: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goodbye-2021-Hello-2022-Design/dp/1911682156/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1LKKKO8Y4VDH8&keywords=hello+2022&qid=1638796617&sprefix=hello+2022%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-3

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