I am in the fourth year of my PhD and I am due to complete in four years. My advisor wants 5 journal papers. I have:
- One published article.
- Two articles under review with two different journals, one of the articles has previously been rejected 3 times.
- One manuscript being checked by my advisor.
- Two more works-in-progress, but I seem to have reached a limbo with these works.
Can someone tell me if my progress is bad, average or good?
When I started my PhD, I would give a lot of effort to the work. I would keep track of how many hours I am giving to my work, would try to make up if the amount of hours dedicated to my work is less.
Recently, for the past 3-4 months, I am unable to feel that dedication that I felt earlier. I can see I am working way less, but I can't find a way to make myself motivated to work faster and work more.
I am feeling helpless. I am feeling very guilty that I am wasting my time. But when I sit with my work, things go blunt, my brain seems to stop working. I really don't know how should I get out of this phase.
I am failing to get myself motivated to work harder. The interest is dwindling. I wish I worked more hours but I am failing to do so. I want to work harder which I am not able to do now.
Please help me out here if possible.
Advisor info: I do all the work, he just checks the grammar. I do not get any technical input from him. If I talk about how low I feel he would just say, " PhD is like this, don't lose hope". The repetition of these lines does not do any good to me.