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The ability to focus is going to be essential to your efficiency in the task ahead of you, but pressure of time should not be allowed to exclude the pleasure to be taken in that task. I recall the first year of my doctorate, when I was just beginning to feel comfortable with working in the archives. I had to drive some distance to study in the Bodleian Library and I had to do this during school hours so that I could pick my children up, and I was working as a freelance trainer so my days in the library were hard fought for and precious. Each time I was there I saw a fellow doctoral researcher working away, as she did ...