I also feel like I have a better handle on how to make this doctoral thing doable. My research has gotten much more efficient and my focus much sharper, both of which are essential. Hopefully that translates into better writing and less stress. I’m not super hopeful about the second bit, but oh well.
The other thing I’ve noticed is how happy I am to be back at it. I was totally exhausted by November last semester that the last few weeks were just a blur, like that final dash at the end of a long run. But after a nice long break I was getting a little bored and stir crazy and it’s nice to be working again. After you train yourself for months and months to work all the time it becomes difficult to do anything else. That’s something to watch for I guess.