A day in the life of research, pt. 4

Practice makes perfect

The idiom, practice makes perfect, makes perfect sense. Researchers develop foundational frameworks, healthy behavior developments and gain significantly in their practice endeavors through frequent practice and application. The AES model will help ensure the researcher is practicing in such a way to advance literary competence. An example of practice in the application is how I study, committing 20 minutes daily to writing development. Hello, you are currently reading a piece of this. Students' information competence can be ensured through self and time management (Turusheva, 2009).

Time management will require its own blog. Your doctorates program requires you to reconsider time. Time works differently now; remember my acronym for R.E.A.D., now apply that to 40% of your day. Most of us work and are parents to boot, so how time continues to warp and bend still astonishes me. Here I am Monday, clicking away to meet my personal objectives. It is 3:39 PM. And like most moms around the world, I still need to make dinner.

What does my typical day look like as a student? Well, let me tell you about today.

Well, today, I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to my son crying in the hallway. He is sick. When you are 6, fevers, headaches, and vomiting can feel like death knocking at your door. My husband also woke to the commotion and got our son some water and medicine, and together, we tried to snuggle up for much-needed sleep. Sleep cannot happen, though, when your 6-year-old feels bad. His sister woke up, noticing her brother was not in his bed. She stumbles into my room, panicked, looking for her brother. It is now 5:15 a.m.

By 6 a.m., the family was awake, all except sis, who was still sleeping. With my sick son sprawled out across my lap, I opened my laptop. I was perfectly aware that today was going to be a longer day than I previously expected. I figured it out as a doctorate student is expected to do so. Through his sobs and uncomfortable bouts of sleeplessness. His sister, Roo (7), running back and forth from her room to me, trying to perk her brother up. I was reading and incorporating the AES model into the 1st chapter of my dissertation.

It was 9 a.m. when I completed my required responses for the day and realized Sis; my 16-year-old, was still in bed. My husband sat, diligently making his way through his statistics course work. Gently moving my son, I made my way upstairs to check on my teen. She was feverish and sleeping in bed. Oh, today is going to be a fulfilling day.

From there, I had two papers to edit and submit to complete my coursework. For my personal and business endeavors, I had two chapters due for my Wattpad, these blog posts, and an interview. I am constantly applying myself. This is a mark of a Phoenix. In truth, anyone who doubts the work and energy we put into the academic rigor required of us as online students, I encourage you to trade places with me.

Developing your own leadership

A balance is required, applying equal importance to each of the SPL principles. A great leader can lead by example with understanding and is adaptable, easing the transition of information technology advancements. I assert literary competency is a requirement for great leadership. My rational example of leadership is my commitment to my academic frameworks. Leadership is displayed through the implementation of learned concepts and the ability to adapt them.

My concepts are developed and woven into the companies that I have devoted my life to grow. My greatest display of leadership is my wonderful and ill babies, all except my sweet Roo, who keeps getting her brother a cool damp cloth and sweetly singing to him, “You are my sunshine.”

Great leaders develop great leaders; that’s how I know I am doing this right.


The analytical framework proposes Information Literacy is a learned and practiced behavior. This means that this is a great place to start for those who want to explore their doctoral journey. I started with Information Literacy because it has become the most important aspect of my research, study, and success. Turusheva (2009) quantifies the basis of all life-long learning originates within information competence. University of Phoenix (2016) addressed self-assessment. Through practice in critical thought and development of the AES model, learners become better and stronger leaders (University of Phoenix, 2016). In concluding my post today, I confirm I am responsible for developing my doctoral demeanor and taking accountability for my literary competence.  I conclude with a commitment to developing the leader within me and hope to help you decide on your journey.

Please like and share my blog with anyone pursuing higher education. I will continue to tell you about myself, my life, and my experiences. Happy Monday, I still have a couple of chapters to post elsewhere, then dinner to make!


Badke, W. (2010). Information as a tool, not destination. Online, 34(4), 52-54.

Kiley, M. (2009, Aug). ProQuest. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 3(43), 293-304.

Phillips, J. (n.d.). Competence. Retrieved from https://courses.nus.edu.sg/course/elljwp/competence.htm

Russell, P. (2009). Why universities need information literacy now more than ever. Feliciter, 55(3), 92-94.

Turusheva, L. (2009). Students’ information competence and its importance for life-long education. Problems of Education in the 21st Century, 12, 126-132.

The University of Phoenix. (, 2016). Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership Presentation. Retrieved from the University of Phoenix, DOC 700 website.

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